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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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62