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Sabres' Season on the Line

Thursday, 04.09.2009 / 11:27 AM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Sabres\' Season on the Line
As the Hurricanes look to set a new franchise record with their 10th consecutive win, they’ll be facing a Buffalo team that still has plenty to play for.

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In order to avoid elimination from the playoff race, Buffalo needs to leave the RBC Center with no fewer than two points. They were in a similar situation last night at Toronto, where a 3-1 victory over the Leafs kept their season alive.

“What they do is they bring some confidence in here now, and it’s not like there’s 10 games left for them,” said Coach Paul Maurice. “It’s almost makes it simpler for them to mentally get around it and really preparing themselves to be ready to play.”

In addition to a win, the Sabres will also need the New York Rangers to lose to Philadelphia in regulation tonight – a game the Hurricanes have a vested interest in as well, even though they will be cheering for the other team. Carolina needs the Flyers to lose at least once in order to have a chance at home-ice advantage in the first round.

If the Hurricanes win tonight, they will assure themselves of finishing no lower than fifth place.

Whew, got all that? Only four more days left of all these what-ifs, I promise.

Back to tonight’s game, the Hurricanes can extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 13. In his career-high 28th consecutive start, goaltender Cam Ward will look to extend his franchise single-season wins record to 40.

Joe Corvo, who is feeling better now after a brief illness, will re-enter the Hurricanes lineup in place of Frantisek Kaberle, who had two points in the 9-0 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

Buffalo is 4-9-3 in the second half of back-to-back games this season.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 59 11 27 -16 38
E. Staal 54 18 18 -9 36
E. Lindholm 58 11 15 -16 26
J. Skinner 54 15 9 -16 24
R. Nash 56 7 14 -9 21
N. Gerbe 55 6 14 -13 20
A. Sekera 57 2 17 -7 19
V. Rask 57 8 10 -18 18
J. McClement 59 4 12 1 16
J. Staal 23 4 11 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 19 4 .914 2.35
A. Khudobin 6 11 3 .901 2.73