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After a great week for the Hurricanes, they’ve climbed out of a hole and are in a position to climb as high as seventh place on Sunday afternoon. With four games to play, including the huge matchup with the Sabres on Sunday afternoon, there’s just two points separating seventh from ninth. Depending on the outcome of that game and the outcome of the game between the Rangers and Flyers, Carolina might be pushed hard against the wall or they might be in seventh. Or somewhere in between.
There are a lot of different scenarios that could play out tomorrow. Some of them involve tiebreakers from which Carolina would benefit. While Carolina and Buffalo will each have three games remaining after Sunday, they’re both looking at that game as the most important game of the season.
There are about two dozen scenarios with the two games, and I was gonna outline how each of them would impact the standings. but after about five scenarios, my head was swimming. I’ll simplify it.
On Sunday, Ryan Miller stood on his head, making 42 saves in a shocking 5-3 win over Canada in the last game of pool play for both teams. USA looked like a completely different team than they did in their wins against Switzerland and Norway. USA has, stunningly, gone undefeated in pool play and has earned a first round bye in the elimination round of the tournament. Pool C still has one game to play, and if Sweden wins by less than five goals, or if the game goes to overtime, USA will be the #1 overall seed.
Aside from the sharp goaltending in the third period, USA played very well defensively, matched Canada’s aggression in the first two periods, and they made few mistakes. And most importantly, they scored the game’s first goal just 41 seconds in. This took the partisan crowd out of the game early, and team Canada was on their heels for the majority of the game.
The Hurricanes started this week with a four game win streak and were about to embark on a four game road trip. The Oilers and Flames showed the Canes what the Alberta Advantage is, then the boys flew across the continent to New York for a back-to-back at Buffalo and Long Island.
Cam Ward was added to the list of injured players and Manny Legace got the start in nets. He picked up a 4-3 win against Ryan Miller, who did not perform well. He allowed a couple of uncharacteristically soft goals including the game winner from Jussi Jokinen. One that he saw all the way, but didn’t stop. No traffic, no screen, no re-direction. Nothing. Hopefully it was just a hiccup and not a sign of things to come for Ryan Miller. I say this with reference to his role on team USA for the upcoming Olympic games.
Eric Staal continued his pace, picking up a goal and an assist to stretch his points scoring streak to 11 games. He’s recorded 14 (10/4) points in nine games since being named captain of the team.