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Canes not Sweating Buffalo Loss

Friday, 04.10.2009 / 1:10 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes not Sweating Buffalo Loss
All good things must come to end. That was certainly the case last night when the Buffalo Sabres halted the Canes’ lengthy overall and home winning streaks.
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In a few ways, last night’s game was eerily similar to a few things that happened the last time the team was putting up streaks like that in 2005-06. The team’s first nine-game run that year ended with a surprisingly lopsided home loss to the eventual 10th seed, the Atlanta Thrashers. In the team’s final home game that year, they lost by four to, wait for it, the Buffalo Sabres.

Things turned out OK that season, and the Canes are optimistic they will again this time around.

“I don’t think we spend too much time enjoying the wins, and we’re not going to spend a whole lot of time sweating that one,” said Coach Paul Maurice. 

Easing the sting of the Buffalo loss is the fact that Philadelphia also came away from their game pointless, meaning that home ice is still a possibility. The Canes would most likely need to win at New Jersey tomorrow night to that keep that chance alive, although they would still require help to get to fourth place.

Is that weighing on the team’s mind prior to the match-up, the team’s final game before the postseason gets underway?

“It’s a possibility, and I think it goes a long way in the playoffs,” said Sergei Samsonov. “It’s something we can definitely work for.”

Besides that reason for winning, it also couldn’t hurt to carry some good feelings over to the postseason. However, even if they lose, they will have won nine of 11 games and won’t be feeling too terrible about the final two contests.

“Regardless of the score in the game tomorrow night, we’ll expand our record back and say ‘how much momentum do you think we need,’” said Maurice. “Both teams are going to come out tomorrow and play hard, they’re going to compete and work on games in their own system.”

Depending on what happens over the weekend, tomorrow’s game could actually be a preview of the first round, as the Canes and Devils would match-up in a 3/6 scenario. Carolina has won all three meetings this season.

“At the end of the season, regardless of who we meet they’re going to bring up the season series,” said Maurice. “The games that we played against Jersey regardless of the score are always tight and always close games. That wouldn’t change.”

Matt Cullen, who Maurice earlier said may play in Jersey, again did not practice today but has been skating on his own. Maurice said he will not play tomorrow.

Michael Leighton, who relieved Cam Ward halfway through last night’s game, gets the start in goal.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81