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Defenseman Anton Babchuk continues his strong play; Hurricanes go for their 10th straight

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Anton Babchuk has been stellar recently. On Tuesday night, Babchuk had a career-high four assists in a 9-0 win over the New York Islanders, which was the worst loss in Islanders’ franchise history. Babchuk, who will be a restricted free agent after this season, now has 32 points (14 G, 18 A) and is a +15; he is tied for second in points among the team’s defenseman (Joni Pitkanen) and is tied for the highest plus-minus rating on the team (Eric Staal). His play has been a huge reason why Carolina is arguably the NHL’s hottest team. The ‘Canes go for their 10th consecutive victory tonight when they face the Buffalo Sabres at the RBC Center.