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Saturday, December 13th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (14-12-3) at New Jersey Devils (16-8-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The surging New Jersey Devils will try to remain unbeaten in December when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres for tonight's matchup at the Prudential Center.

The Devils have won four straight games to begin the month and have won nine of their last 10 tests overall.

New Jersey has 34 points and comes into tonight's game as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo is just three points behind in the eighth spot.

The Sabres posted a 2-0 win at New Jersey on November 3rd in the first of four meetings between the clubs this year. Buffalo has taken back-to-back tests in this series after losing the previous three encounters.

The Devils still have won 11 of the last 13 home meetings in this series.

Jersey's last two victories have come at home over Atlantic Division rivals as it defeated Pittsburgh, 4-1, on Wednesday and then earned an 8-5 decision in Friday's wild game against the visiting New York Rangers.

Brian Gionta registered a goal and three assists to lead the Devils to Friday's victory, which came after New Jersey had led 5-1 only to see the Rangers score four straight goals to tie the game.

Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus both had a goal and two assists for the Devils, who bested the Rangers in regulation for the first time since February 20, 2007. Elias extended his point streak to five games and now has four goals and four assists during the run.

Travis Zajac scored twice, and Zach Parise collected a career-high four assists, while Scott Clemmensen made 31 saves.

The Devils improved to 9-4-1 as the host this year and won their fifth straight at the Rock.

The Sabres, meanwhile, had a three-game winning streak halted Friday night against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Ian White's tally with 7:56 remaining in the third period lifted the Leafs to the 2-1 decision at HSBC Arena.

Toni Lydman netted his first goal of the year for the Sabres, while Ryan Miller was solid between the pipes for Buffalo, stopping 31-of-33 shots in a losing effort.

Buffalo is 6-5-2 as the visiting team this year and has won its last two road tests after losing its previous five away from western New York.

12/13 10:52:17 ET


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