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Saturday, November 29th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (11-10-2-1) at Nashville Predators (11-10-1-0), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators seek their fourth consecutive win tonight when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to Gaylord Entertainment Center.

Nashville has defeated Colorado, Columbus and Boston during its mini run, including Friday afternoon's 2-1 decision over the host Bruins. David Legwand and Greg Johnson each scored in the first period and Tomas Vokoun made the lead stand up with 32 saves.

Vokoun improved to 7-1 in his last eight starts for the Predators, who moved to 7-2 in their last nine. Vokoun stopped all 27 shots he faced over the final two periods.

Nashville, with 23 points, sits third in the Central Division -- five behind St. Louis and Detroit, who will square off in a first-place battle tonight. The Preds, at 11-10-1, are over .500 at the 22-game mark for the first time in franchise history.

The Predators, 7-4-1 on home ice, will kick off a three-game road trip Wednesday in Carolina.

Buffalo, meanwhile, has won two straight, including Friday's 4-3 home triumph over Florida. Taylor Pyatt's goal with 5:32 left in the third period completed a furious comeback and lifted the Sabres to the decision.

Daniel Briere scored twice in the third period for Buffalo, which erased a 3-0 deficit to win for the fourth time in seven games. Curtis Brown also tallied.

Mika Noronen started the game for Buffalo, but was pulled after allowing two goals on seven shots. Martin Biron played the rest of the way and finished with 11 saves.

The Sabres currently sit third in the Northeast Division standings with 25 points -- four behind first-place Boston and only two shy of Toronto for second. Buffalo, 5-7-1 on the road, will visit Chicago on Wednesday.

Nashville defeated Buffalo, 5-1, at HSBC Arena last January and the road team is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings. The Predators are 2-0-1 in the last three clashes, but the Sabres are 3-1 all-time in the Music City.

11/29 10:13:40 ET


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