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Wednesday, December 14th (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (19-7-1) at Buffalo Sabres (19-10-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two streaking clubs clash tonight when the Dallas Stars visit Martin Biron and the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

Dallas has won its last five games heading into the tilt, while Buffalo is on a three-game spurt.

On Saturday, Marty Turco made 19 saves as the Stars edged out the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, at Air Canada Centre.

Jere Lehtinen and Jon Klemm netted goals for the Stars, who have won 10 of their last 11 games overall. Mike Modano picked up his 17th assist of the season and now has points in five straight games.

Modano has tallied two goals and five assists during his current run.

The Stars, who lead the Pacific Division by two points over second-place Los Angeles, are 9-2-0 on the road. They opened a six-game trip on Saturday and will visit Ottawa on Thursday.

Buffalo, meanwhile, is coming off Sunday's 3-2 win in Minnesota. Chris Drury and Mike Grier scored the final two goals of the game to lift the Sabres.

Thomas Vanek also lit the lamp and Drury tallied the game-winning assist for Buffalo, which has won eight of its last nine matches overall.

Goaltender Martin Biron was stellar down the stretch and finished with 34 saves to win his 10th consecutive start. That set a franchise record and Biron became the first goaltender to win 10 straight starts since Dominik Hasek in 2001-02 with Detroit.

New Jersey's Martin Brodeur is the last goaltender to win 11 straight starts in one season (Feb. 26-March 21, 2001 ), while the Red Wings' Manny Legace did so to bridge the 00-01 and 01-02 campaigns.

Buffalo, which is 9-5-1 on home ice, will visit Pittsburgh on Friday to begin a home-and-home.

The Sabres have won two of the last three meetings with the Stars, who are 0-3-1 in their last four trips to Buffalo.

12/14 10:23:03 ET


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