Hurricanes face a must-win against Sabres
Posted March 15, 2011
The Carolina Hurricanes hit the ice Tuesday in Buffalo in what is considered another must-win game. The Hurricanes find themselves outside of the Eastern Conference playoffs, sitting four points behind the Sabres and the New York Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Hurricanes enter Tuesday's game riding a four-game losing streak at possibly the worst time of the season.
There have been many issues plaguing the Hurricanes during this rough stretch, but execution during the power play has been the number one problem.
The Hurricanes are a woeful 0-19 on the power play during the streak and play-by-play man Chuck Kaiton believes the futility has gotten to the players. Kaiton told The Insiders on 620 The Buzz, “I think it becomes as much mental as anything else.”
“You find out what your players are made of on these pressure situations," he said.
Kaiton said he doesn't expect power play performance to be the turning point Tuesday against the Sabres. "It will come down to whoever is the better five-on-five team," he said.
When these two teams match up, it comes down to the goaltenders, and the Hurricanes’ Cam Ward must outplay the Sabres’ Ryan Miller, Kaiton said.
The Hurricanes and Sabres square off at 7:30 p.m. at the HSBC arena in Buffalo. Stormfront with Mike Maniscalco begins at 7 p.m. Both broadcasts can be heard on 99.9 FM ESPN Radio.