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Saturday, March 27th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (35-32-6-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (21-46-7-4), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres go for their fourth straight victory tonight when they pay a visit to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the finale of a home-and-home series at the Igloo.

The Sabres will have to continue their current hot streak to have any chance of making the playoffs. They are currently six points behind the New York Islanders for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have five games remaining.

On Friday, Chris Drury scored a goal and assisted on another, while Jochen Hecht added three helpers to lift Buffalo to a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh at HSBC Arena.

Daniel Briere, Jay McKee, Maxim Afinogenov and Andrew Peters also scored for the Sabres, who snapped a nine-game winless streak against the Penguins (1-7-2).

Martin Biron made 24 saves on 25 shots to earn the win, as Buffalo has now earned at least a point in nine of its last 11 games (6-2-0-3).

Milan Kraft scored for the Penguins, who had their three-game winning streak halted. Sebastien Caron faced 30 shots, but made just 26 saves in defeat.

Pittsburgh lost for just the second time in its last 11 games (8-2-1).

Buffalo, 7-2-1-2 in it last 12 home games, hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. The Penguins, meanwhile, will travel to the nation's capital to face the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

Despite Friday's loss, the Penguins are still 17-5-6 in the last 28 matchups with the Sabres. Buffalo is also still winless in its previous six trips to Pittsburgh (0-5-1).

03/27 10:25:32 ET

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