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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.

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Mar 16, 7:50 a.m.

    OK a 40 save shutout for WARD....ENOUGH SAID!!!

    — Posted by viking416

    Agreed! Ward-o was definitely spectacular last night. I was holding my breath after the Sutter goal, hoping Barf-olo wouldn't get one past Cam. That win was what the boys needed. Hopefully, they'll continue to win. Right now, every point is critical Go Canes!!!

  • evenflow2005 Mar 16, 12:13 a.m.

    Must win against the Sabres....YES WE DID. Canes have lost their will on the Power Plays though. I don't know what the deal is with that. Anyway, the Sabres fans are dead at their home arena. A game like tonight's game at the RBC Center would have been Rockin' It's kinda funny how loud and obnoxious Buffalo fans are when visiting the RBC Center.

  • agarver Mar 15, 10:35 p.m.

    I would hate to be Chuck Kaiton. having to deal with toothless, rick flair worshiping fans... View More

    — Posted by edwardocorrochio

    First of all, the Caniac nation, also know as Raleigh,Durham,Cary,Chapel Hill, is one of the smartest places on the planet. The NCSU textile school and engineering school are putting out groundbreaking new technologies while Duke and UNC create some of the leading lawyers and doctors.

    Filling the arena to 48% capacity? Where in the world did this number come from? It's more like 90%, but that 90% is the loudest group of hockey fans in the league.

    Raleigh can't support a pro team? That's why the Hurricanes make major money, have great ties with the community, won a championship, and had the best All Star game in recent memory, right? Hartford, an area that "appreciated hockey" put up 10k people a night. The Canes easily put up 16k+. Once again... logic fail on your part.

    Ric Flair is a big fan and native son. I'm sure that you wouldn't chastise the Goo
    Goo Dolls for being on the jumbotron at a Slugs game.

    Case in point: I, with my cereal box medical degree, diagnose the Buffalo Sabres fanbase as having the biggest inferiority complex of them all. No championships in forty years leads to some kind of sick obsession with picking out supposed "flaws", that aren't even correct most of the time, with other teams in the league. It's really starting to get old. I understand that you can't handle the fact that an unconventional hockey market, that is quickly growing to be one of the best, is the home to a team that has outperformed yours in just 13 years compared to your 40.

    Slugs suck. GO CANES!

  • viking416 Mar 15, 10:12 p.m.

    OK a 40 save shutout for WARD....ENOUGH SAID!!!

  • viking416 Mar 15, 6:19 p.m.

    "looks like i hit a sore spot with a hurriclown supporter. 2006? what have you done for me lately, in a season that was not tainted with a strike?"

    Try being a Leaf fan or Bruin, Flyer, Sabre fan....we ain't doing to bad. GO CANES!!

  • evenflow2005 Mar 15, 4:52 p.m.

    looks like i hit a sore spot with a hurriclown supporter. 2006? what have you done for me... View More

    — Posted by edwardocorrochio

    Mental illness is a terrible thing.

  • edwardocorrochio Mar 15, 4:50 p.m.

    looks like i hit a sore spot with a hurriclown supporter. 2006? what have you done for me lately, in a season that was not tainted with a strike?

  • jwrr41 Mar 15, 4:38 p.m.

    OF ALL THE TEAMS, THE SABRES HAVE THE MOST OBNOXIOUS FANS I HOPE WE KICK THEM ALL THE WAY BACK TO BUFFALO. GO CANES!!!!!

  • rfred16 Mar 15, 3:56 p.m.

    I would hate to be Chuck Kaiton. having to deal with toothless, rick flair worshiping fans... View More

    — Posted by edwardocorrochio

    None of your comments are accurate (case in point - more Phds per capita in the Triangle area than anywhere else in the country), so really you are just full of s#$$. Our attendance has been good this year considering the economy, and if you didn't notice, our All-Star game weekend has been talked about by everyone in hockey as being second to none. You must not have heard any interviews with Kaiton (and all of the players that come here for that matter) as they all love it here, and move their families here, and KEEP their families here even if they are traded. Finally, you can't discount that our team has been to the Stanley Cup twice in the last 9 years, and won it once. Yes, our building was said by the non-local announcers as being the loudest in the league...Nothing you can say truthfully will alter any of the above, so don't waste your time. Post if you will, but I won't be checking back for it...

  • ktstcanes Mar 15, 3:03 p.m.

    I would hate to be Chuck Kaiton. having to deal with toothless, rick flair worshiping fans... View More

    — Posted by edwardocorrochio

    Morty. Hiding behind the cockroach name now? Such a FLAMER!!!!!!!!!!!

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