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Thursday, December 22nd (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (23-10-1) at Florida Panthers (12-19-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres try to keep a few impressive streaks alive tonight, as they visit the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center.

The Sabres have won seven in a row overall and nine straight on the road. With a victory tonight, Buffalo will match its own NHL record for most consecutive road victories. The Sabres won 10 in a row as the visiting team during the 1983-84 campaign, before St. Louis (1999-2000) and New Jersey (2000-01) accomplished the same feat.

Buffalo picked up a win in Philadelphia on Monday evening. Maxim Afinogenov recorded the deciding shootout goal to lift the Sabres over the Flyers, 2-1, at the Wachovia Center.

Paul Gaustad scored midway through the third period to force overtime and goaltender Ryan Miller made 33 saves for the Sabres, who have won 12 of their last 13.

Starting Buffalo goaltender Martin Biron had the night off. He has won 13 straight decisions, and can become the first netminder to win 14 consecutive starts since Pittsburgh's Tom Barrasso from March 9 to April 9, 1993.

The Sabres are 12-5-0 on the road this season and complete a three-game swing Friday night in Tampa.

The Panthers, meanwhile, have won three of four on the heels of a four-game losing streak.

The latest win came Sunday night in Washington. Roberto Luongo made 53 saves and the Florida Panthers scored three straight goals to down the Capitals, 3-2, at the MCI Center.

Nathan Horton, Jozef Stumpel and Rostislav Olesz all scored for the Panthers, while Mike Van Ryn added a pair of assists.

Luongo, whose career-high for saves in a game is 57, faced 19 shots in the first period and 18 shots in both the second and third frames. He allowed one goal in both the first and third periods.

The Panthers are 9-6-1 at home this season.

Florida won the only meeting of this year with the Sabres, beating them 3-2 at BankAtlantic Center on October 15.

12/22 10:29:43 ET


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