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Canes not Sweating Buffalo Loss

Friday, 04.10.2009 / 1:10 PM / 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 MTL 60 39 16 5 162 133 83
2 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
3 NYR 59 37 16 6 186 145 80
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 60 26 21 13 145 169 65
10 PHI 61 26 24 11 162 178 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 59 26 29 4 155 184 56
14 TOR 60 24 31 5 167 183 53
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 61 18 38 5 114 204 41

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
J. Tlusty 52 13 10 -17 23
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 19 4 .914 2.35
A. Khudobin 6 11 3 .901 2.73