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Game Day Canes at Sabres

The Canes start their final week of the season in Buffalo against the NHL's 30th ranked team, and the Sabres can clinch last place tonight. Will their fans be cheering for the Canes?

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres
April 6, 2015 - 7:00 pm ET
First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - Die By The Blade

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Sabres
Record 29-38-11 22-49-8
Points 69 52
Division Rank 8th Metro 8th Atlantic
Conference Rank 14th EC 16th EC
Streak Won 1 Lost 2

Power Play % 19.0% 13.1%
Penalty Kill % 85.0% 75.0%
Goals/Game 2.24 1.86
Goals Against/Game 2.68 3.29
Shots/Game 30.5 24.1
Shots Against/Game 27.3 35.3
ES Goals For % 43.4% 38.2%
ES Corsi For % 52.2% 37.7%
ES PDO 97.2 99.4
PIM/Game 6.7 10.7

Goaltender Ward Lindback
Record 21-22-5 3-6-2
ES Save Percentage .914 .924
GAA 2.42 2.77

Goaltender Khudobin Makarov
Record 8-16-6 0-1-0
ES Save Percentage .901 .939
GAA 2.71 3.00

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • The Canes have a busy schedule to wrap up their last week of the 2014-15 season, with three away games including a back-to-back set before heading home to close things out Saturday night.
  • Up first are the Sabres, who can clinch last place in the league with a loss tonight. This is the first time this season that the teams have faced each other in Buffalo, and it will be interesting to see who the fans will be cheering for the win. The Canes are 11-23-4 on the road. The Canes and Sabres split two in Raleigh with the Sabres winning 4-3 in a shootout on October 14, and the Canes winning 5-2 on January 8.
  • The Canes come into tonight's game off a 3-2 shootout win against the Flyers on Saturday. Jordan Staal posted a goal (his first in 19 games) and an assist and was awarded the game's first star. Since his return from injury at the end of December, the Canes have a .536 win percentage when he is in the line-up.
  • Chris Terry saw his four-game point streak broken on Saturday, but he can take comfort in tallying the deciding goal in the shootout.
  • The Sabres were shut out Saturday night by the Islanders, 3-0. It was the 13th time this season that the Sabres were shut out, a league high. Andrey Makarov made his NHL debut in net with 33 saves. Makarov is the fifth goaltender to start for the Sabres this season.
  • Neither team practiced yesterday so the posted line-ups are from Saturday's games; stay tuned for further updates after the morning skates.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from Saturday's game)

Eric Staal - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe - Victor Rask - Chris Terry
Jeff Skinner - Jay McClement - Alexander Semin
Andrej Nestrasil - Brad Malone - Patrick Dwyer

Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles - Ryan Murphy
Michal Jordan - Danny Biega

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Jack Hillen (concussion), Rasmus Rissanen (MCL), Riley Nash (upper body), Brett Bellemore

Sabres (from Saturday's game):

Johan Larsson - Tyler Ennis - Brian Gionta
Mikhail Grigorenko - Nicolas Deslauriers - Marcus Foligno
Cody Hodgson - Zac Dalpe - Philip Varone
Matt Ellis - Tim Schaller - Patrick Kaleta

Tyson Strachan - Zach Bogosian
Andrej Meszaros - Rasmus Ristolainen
Nikita Zadorov - Andre Benoit

Andrey Makarov
Anders Lindback

Injuries and Scratches: Cody McCormick (IR blood clots), Josh Gorges (IR lower body), Evander Kane (IR shoulder), Jerry D'Amigo (upper body), Zemgus Girgensons (IR lower body), Mike Weber (undisclosed), Matt Hackett (undisclosed), Chad Johnson (lower body), Matt Moulson (illness)