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NHL Playoffs - Sabres and Canes Fight for Spot

NHL playoffs anticipation continues to grow as the regular season race in the Eastern Conference is hot with a desperate fight for the 8th and final spot.
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NHL playoffs may as well be underway for the Sabres and Hurricanes as every game matters from here on out as a loss can be devastating for their chances at the 2011 hockey playoffs.

The Carolina Hurricanes will host the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday as both teams have been in a dog fight for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference.  The 9th spot means the end of the season and no playoffs so this game is a virtual post season matchup.

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Buffalo had a record of 37-28-8-1 with the hockey betting odds and was 20-12-5 on the road.  The Sabres went over the total in 17 of their 38 away games.  Buffalo was a solid offensive team that ranked 7th in the NHL for goal scoring while their defense ranked 18th for goals against.

The Sabres were recently purchased by new local ownership and that has given them a much needed boost to get back into playoff contention.  Left winger Thomas Vanek had 25 goals and 38 assists while right winger Drew Stafford had 28 goals.  Ryan Miller had a 2.62 goals against average with 4 shutouts and 32 wins.

Carolina had a record of 35-29-5-5 with the hockey betting line and was 20-12-2-2 at home with 14 of their 36 home games going under the total.  The Hurricanes were led by center Eric Staal who had 30 goals and 37 assists while fellow center Jeff Skinner had 26 goals and 28 assists.  Cam Ward had 32 wins in goal with a 2.63 goals against average.

Carolina has beaten Buffalo in 4 of the last 6 meetings in this head to head series which has gone under the total 3 consecutive games.  The Hurricanes have gotten the money in 5 of their last 7 home games against the Sabres with 6 of the last 8 meetings between the teams in Carolina going over the total.

Buffalo was a +4500 selection at Sports-Gambling to win the Stanley Cup while Carolina was a +6500 pick to win the NHL playoffs in 2011.