Buffalo (51-24-6) at Carolina (52-21-8) 7:00 pm EST
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - A recent skid by the Ottawa
Senators has opened the door for the Carolina Hurricanes to
finish first in the Eastern Conference.
Carolina looks to wrap up the conference title and complete a
season series sweep of the Buffalo Sabres when the teams
conclude the regular season Tuesday.
After taking the Southeast Division crown, the Hurricanes have a
one-point edge over the Senators in the race for first place in
the East and home-ice advantage in the first three rounds of
If Carolina loses, it can still take the conference title with a
loss by Ottawa to the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
Matt Cullen scored his 25th goal and Cory Stillman added his
21st for Carolina in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Tampa
Eric Staal had two assists Saturday and became the first player
in franchise history with a 100-point season since Ron Francis
in 1989-1990 with the Hartford Whalers.
Buffalo, which set a franchise record for victories this season,
has won four straight games and will be the fourth seed in the
Eastern Conference playoffs.