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Wednesday, November 12th (All times eastern)

St. Louis Blues (5-7-1) at Buffalo Sabres (8-3-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues will try for their first win in over two weeks when they visit the Buffalo Sabres for tonight's matchup at HSBC Arena.

The Blues have lost five straight (0-4-1) and seven of their last eight games. The club's last victory came in a 4-0 decision over visiting Florida on October 25.

As a result of the cold streak, St. Louis is last in both the Central Division and Western Conference with just 11 points on the year.

The Blues last played Saturday in Los Angeles and were handed a 5-3 setback. Anze Kopitar registered a goal and an assist, as the Kings skated past St. Louis at the Staples Center.

Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes both collected a goal and an assist for St. Louis.

Manny Legace returned to the crease for the Blues and allowed four goals on 30 shots. He hadn't played since suffering a strained left hip flexor in St. Louis' 4-0 home loss to the Kings on October 24, when he tripped on a carpet laid out for former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin to drop the ceremonial first puck.

The Blues are playing the fourth segment of a five-game road trip tonight and are just 1-3-1 as the visiting team this season. St. Louis will complete the swing Friday night in Chicago.

St. Louis should feel confident about ending its losing streak tonight, as it's had a great deal of success against Buffalo recently. The Blues are 10-0 with a pair of ties in the last 12 meetings with the Sabres and 6-0 with two deadlocks in the last eight encounters in Buffalo.

Buffalo, meanwhile, has also struggled in recent weeks, dropping two straight and five of its last seven outings. Despite the slide, the Sabres are still tied with Boston for second place in the Northeast Division.

The Sabres were handed their most recent setback in Boston this past Saturday. Manny Fernandez stopped 32 shots to help the Bruins down Buffalo, 3-1.

Ryan Miller had 37 saves in the losing effort and Tim Connolly, who had missed the last 10 games with a back injury, tallied the only goal for the Sabres.

The Sabres are 4-2-1 as the host club this season and is playing the first of two straight tests at home tonight. Buffalo will also welcome Columbus to western New York on Friday.

11/12 10:39:51 ET


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