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RIVALRY RENEWED

Sunday, 04.03.2011 / 12:01 PM
By Rob Crean - Public Relations Director / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
RIVALRY RENEWED

As late season matchups go, today’s tilt between the Sabres and Hurricanes should be a good one given what’s at stake.  Buffalo enters the day in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, and leads the eighth place Rangers by one point and ninth place Carolina by two points.

With all three teams in action today, and the Sabres and ‘Canes going head to head, the race for the final two playoff spots will get even more interesting.

The Rangers play early as they take on the Flyers in Philadelphia at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Buffalo and Carolina renew the rivalry at 5 p.m. ET in Raleigh.  Both teams have played well of late, with the Sabres going 12-4-4 in their last 20 games and the Hurricanes winning seven of their last 10.  The season series between the clubs has been extremely close, with each of the first three meetings being decided by one goal.  That includes a 3-2 overtime win by Carolina on March 3 and a 1-0 ‘Canes victory in Buffalo on March 15.  The Sabres won the first meeting of the season by a 3-2 score back on Jan. 13.

Both teams played Saturday night, with the Hurricanes defeating the Islanders 4-2 on the road while Buffalo fell in overtime to Washington.  The Sabres will be completing their 21st set of back-to-back games on the season; the Hurricanes, their 20th set.  Following today’s game, each team will have three games remaining. Buffalo plays vs. Tampa Bay (Apr. 5), vs. Philadelphia (Apr. 8) and at Columbus (Apr. 9).  The Hurricanes will close out the season by playing Detroit (Apr. 6), at Atlanta (Apr. 8) and vs. Tampa Bay (Apr. 9).

The Sabres will look to bounce back from last night’s loss the same way they have for the last month-and-a-half.  The team has not lost consecutive games since Feb. 18-20.

Congratulations to Thomas Vanek, who scored his 200th career goal in last night’s game, making him just the 11th player in franchise history to reach the 200-goal milestone.  He is now just 11 goals behind Alexander Mogilny for 10th place on the Sabres’ all-time list.  Here’s a look at Vanek’s 200th goal:



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82