Hurricanes assign Vasily Ponomarev to the Chicago Wolves
After a disappointing 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild, the Carolina Hurricanes head to the city of Buffalo tonight as the team from upstate New York will be the Canes’ opponents in this back-to-back series. The Hurricanes will be looking to become the second team in the Eastern Conference to earn a playoff berth as their magic number remains at just four.
While the Sabers are a team far from any playoff relevance, they’re still a group of players who can play in the NHL, and the Hurricanes don’t have to take this fledgling team lightly. Buffalo has been on a decent earnings streak lately, leading some of the playoff teams closer than they would have liked. This is a team capable of angering opponents.
Tonight we’ll see the Canes take on the Sabers for the second time this season after the Hurricanes blew up the Sabers in early December when three members of the Finnish quartet dominated the headlines in Raleigh. We’ll only see the two Finns in Carolina’s top line tonight, but that doesn’t mean they should have less of an impact on the game.
We’re expecting Steven Lorentz to return to the lineup for this tournament, with the 6’4 giant taking his place on the fourth row. He’s missed the last couple of games as he’s been watching from the press box but it looks like the team have decided to now give the 25-year-old a couple of games to rest and rotate the bottom six. He will still need to be a big part of the team moving forward.
This is another game for the Canes on ESPN as they will both be games in this home-and-home series. However, the canes still have to win this. You have a chance to secure a spot in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. A win tonight could secure them a spot to play for the hardest-to-win trophy in all sports. Win and earn a shot at the playoffs.