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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72