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Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - The New York attempt to clinch the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference tonight when they visit former coach Peter Laviolette and the Carolina at RBC Center. The Isles, who are three points up on ninth-place Buffalo with two games to go, can secure their third consecutive trip to the postseason with a victory.

New York drew closer to the playoffs on Wednesday, as and each posted two goals and an assist to lead a 5-1 rout of the Montreal at Nassau Coliseum.

also scored for the , who snapped a two-game losing streak. finished with 20 saves.

If the Isles land a playoff spot, their three straight berths would come on the heels of seven miserable years out of the postseason field. Coincidentally, Laviolette, who will coach the tonight, guided them to the playoffs the past two seasons before being dismissed last summer.

New York will finish the regular season Sunday against visiting Philadelphia.

Carolina, meanwhile, is merely trying to play spoiler at this point, and has lost two straight. On Tuesday the Canes dropped a 3-2 decision Boston at the RBC Center. had a goal and an assist to lead the Northeast Division-leading .

and scored for Carolina, while made 26 saves in the loss.

Carolina failed on three attempts on the power play and has not scored on its last 26 tries with the extra skater.

The will finish their campaign Sunday in Florida.

Carolina is 2-1 against New York this season.

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