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Tuesday, December 16th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (12-16-2-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (7-16-4-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres try to halt a five-game losing streak tonight when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo for a clash of last-place clubs.

The Sabres' latest defeat came in the form of Saturday's 3-2 loss to host Minnesota. Jim Dowd scored the game-winning goal with 24 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Wild over Buffalo, 3-2 at Xcel Energy Center.

Miroslav Satan scored a goal and assisted on one for the Sabres, as Buffalo dropped its second game of the season to Minnesota. Mika Noronen made 21 saves in net.

The Sabres had completed an 0-4 homestand before dropping the tilt in St. Paul. Buffalo sits last in the Northeast Division with 27 points -- five behind Ottawa and Montreal, who are tied for third.

The Sabres will open a three-game home set Friday against New Jersey.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, ended an 0-4-0-1 slide with a 5-3 win over Columbus at the Igloo on Saturday. Tomas Surovy scored twice and Brian Holzinger added a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins. Aleksey Morozov assisted on three scores and Milan Kraft added a pair of helpers.

Dick Tarnstrom and Matt Murley also tallied for Pittsburgh, which won for just the second time in its last 10 games (2-6-1-1). Sebastien Caron finished with 23 saves.

Pittsburgh, which is tied with Washington at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 20 points, is an even 5-5-3 at home. The Pens will visit Carolina on Thursday.

The Penguins defeated the Sabres, 2-1, in Buffalo on November 14 and are 6-0-2 in the last eight meetings. The Sabres are 0-4-1 in their last five trips to the Steel City.

12/16 10:45:46 ET

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