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Sabres' Season on the Line

Thursday, 04.9.2009 / 11:27 AM ET / 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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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