NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 8th (All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (32-27-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (36-29-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will go for their fourth straight win tonight, as they take on the playoff hopeful Buffalo Sabres at the RBC Center.
The Hurricanes have won a season-high three straight games for the fourth time this year after Thursday's 3-2 decision over Minnesota. Carolina hasn't posted four straight victories since a five-game win streak from December 16-26, 2006.
On Thursday, Matt Cullen recorded a goal and an assist and Cam Ward stopped 26 shots as the Hurricanes held off the Wild. Scott Walker and Erik Cole also tallied and Joe Corvo added a pair of assists for Carolina, which won for the sixth time in its last seven contests.
Corvo now has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 11 games since joining Carolina from Ottawa by way of a trade.
Carolina activated defenseman Dennis Seidenberg from injured reserve prior to the game. He had been sidelined for the last 20 games while recovering from an ankle injury. Seidenberg has a career-high 12 assists in 40 games this season.
The Hurricanes lead the Southeast Division by five points over second-place Washington, which plays in Boston this afternoon.
Carolina has won nine of its past 11 as the hosts and plays its second in a row at home tonight. The Hurricanes are 20-12-3 at RBC Center this year.
The Sabres are battling to get into the playoff picture, as they sit ninth in the Eastern Conference and three points behind eighth-seeded Philadelphia. Buffalo has lost three of its last four tests, including Wednesday's 3-1 setback to Washington.
Ales Kotalik scored the only goal for Buffalo, while Ryan Miller received the loss after allowing three goals on 23 shots. Jason Pominville and Jaroslav Spacek each had an assist, with Pominville stretching his point streak to a league-best 10 games (6g, 6a).
Buffalo could receive a boost tonight, as Jochen Hecht may return to the ice after missing the last seven games due to a groin injury. He is considered questionable, as is defender Henrik Tallinder, who suffered a shoulder and neck injury in Tuesday's win over the Flyers.
The Sabres have won four of five and seven of their last nine road tests, and are 16-17-2 as the visiting club this year. Buffalo will host the New York Rangers on Monday.
Carolina and Buffalo have split a pair of meetings this year, but the Sabres have won six of seven and seven of the last 11 matchups against the Hurricanes. Buffalo has also taken four of six and five of its previous eight games in Raleigh.
03/08 10:38:04 ET