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The Carolina Hurricanes close out their regular-season schedule at home tonight, hosting the barely-still-alive-for-the-playoffs Buffalo Sabres.
For the Hurricanes, it's a chance to pressure Philadelphia for the fourth spot — and home-ice advantage — in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres need everything to go their way to reach the postseason, including winning tonight's game.
Carolina will also be looking for their 10th straight win — which would be a franchise record — and 13 in a row at the RBC Center. Cam Ward will again start in net — for the 28th consecutive time — and Joe Corvo, who missed Tuesday's blowout win against the Islanders with flu symptoms, will also be playing.
The Sabres kept their slim playoff hopes alive Wednesday with a 3-1 at Toronto, but now face a rested Hurricanes team who is waiting for them. Ryan Miller will likely be in net for Buffalo, but he has allowed at least three goals in all six of his starts since returning from injury.
Carolina leads the season series with two wins (one in regulation, one in a shootout) against a loss.
The game will begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by FS-CR and 99.9 The Fan.
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