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Friday, October 30th (All times eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (1-7-2) at Buffalo Sabres (7-1-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The red-hot Buffalo Sabres will aim for a fourth consecutive victory when they welcome the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs for tonight's Northeast Division battle at HSBC Arena.

The Sabres are 7-1-1 on the season, and with 15 points they are currently first in the Northeast Division.

Buffalo earned a third straight victory Wednesday as they ended a perfect three-game road trip with a decisive victory over New Jersey. Ryan Miller made 31 saves and the Sabres cruised to a 4-1 decision at Prudential Center.

Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist, while Clarke MacArthur, Tim Kennedy and Paul Gaustad each lit the lamp for the Sabres, who ran their record as the visitor to 4-0-0 this season.

"We have to show improvement every night, and we also have to show that we can bring a work ethic every night. When you have a good start...it shows that the guys really care and want to play. That's going to be a key for the season," said Miller, who is 7-0-1 with a superb 1.60 goals-against average this year.

The Sabres played their second straight game without defenseman Toni Lydman on Wednesday and he is questionable again tonight with a groin injury.

Buffalo is playing three of its next four games on home ice beginning with tonight's outing. The Sabres, who will visit the New York Islanders on Saturday, are 3-1-1 as the host this year.

The Maple Leafs won their first game of the year Monday in Anaheim, but were dealt an overtime setback Wednesday night in Dallas. James Neal scored the game-winning goal at 2:03 of the extra session to lift the Stars past Toronto, 4-3, at American Airlines Center.

Stephane Robidas' slapper from the right point bounced off the pad of Jonas Gustavsson. Neal was right there to chip-in the rebound for Dallas, which has won four in a row versus Toronto.

Nikolai Kulemin had a pair of goals for the Maple Leafs. Lee Stempniak also lit the lamp, while Gustavsson turned aside 32-of-36 shots for Toronto.

The Maple Leafs are 1-1-1 so far on a five-game road trip and are 1-3-1 as the guest overall this season. Toronto will close out the swing Saturday against the rival Montreal Canadiens.

Buffalo won five of its six encounters with the Maple Leafs last season and have taken nine of the last 11 meetings between the clubs. Toronto has dropped two straight and five of its last eight contests in western New York.

10/30 10:42:51 ET


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