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Tuesday, January 27th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (24-18-5) at Edmonton Oilers (24-19-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers hope to pick up right where they left off before the All-Star break when the surging club returns to action tonight against the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

Edmonton headed into the break with a flourish, winning its final three games and five of its last six contests prior to the All-Star Game. The team's two most recent victories have come at Rexall Place, including last Tuesday's 4-3 comeback decision over Columbus.

The Oilers trailed 3-2 late in the third period but scored twice in the final 4:42 to extend its winning run. Denis Grebeshkov netted the tying goal off a feed from Ales Hemsky, who later put home the go-ahead marker with just 35 seconds left to play.

Hemsky ended the night with two goals and two assists and has been on fire since returning from a concussion that sidelined him for 10 straight games. In his first game back from the injury, the forward scored twice in Edmonton's 6-3 win over Phoenix on January 18.

The Oilers will play four more games at Rexall Place to open up their second half and own an 11-8-3 record at home this season. The team has won three in a row and five of its last seven as the host.

Edmonton is currently tied with Vancouver for second place in the Northwest Division and occupies the Western Conference's sixth playoff seed at the moment.

Buffalo has enjoyed some recent success as well, having put together a three- game win streak that ended with last Wednesday's 5-3 loss at Tampa Bay.

Derek Roy had a pair of goals in a losing cause for the Sabres, who opened a six-game road trip with a 3-2 shootout win over Florida on January 19. Goaltender Ryan Miller struggled between the pipes, however, surrendering five goals on 26 shots.

Buffalo, which will also visit Calgary, Phoenix and Anaheim on this western swing, is 11-9-3 on the road this season. The Sabres are presently seventh in the Eastern Conference with 53 points.

These teams have not met since the Sabres posted a 2-1 home overtime victory on February 15, 2007. Buffalo has also won in its most recent visit to Edmonton, a 3-1 verdict on January 16, 2006.

01/27 10:41:31 ET


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