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Saturday, December 23rd (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (25-7-2) at St. Louis Blues (9-19-6), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high three games, as they welcome the powerful Buffalo Sabres to Scottrade Center tonight.

The Blues have won two straight games following an 11-game losing streak. With another victory, St. Louis will have its first three-game winning streak since February 2-8 of last season.

St. Louis posted its latest triumph over the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. Lee Stempniak and Barrett Jackman each had a goal and an assist in the 5-2 win.

The win give new head coach Andy Murray just his second victory as Blues head coach, and it came at the expense of his former club. Murray, who replaced the fired Mike Kitchen earlier this month, coached the Kings for five-plus seasons before being fired with just 12 games remaining in the 2005-2006 season.

David Backes scored his first career NHL goal and Martin Rucinsky and Jay McClement also tallied for the Blues. Manny Legace made 23 saves for St. Louis.

The Sabres are fresh off Thursday's blowout victory in Nashville. Ales Kotalik, Jason Pominville and Maxim Afinogenov recorded two goals each to lead Buffalo to the easy 7-2 win at Gaylord Entertainment Center.

Derek Roy picked up three assists, Toni Lydman collected a goal and one assist, and Martin Biron made 29 stops for Buffalo, which stopped its two-game losing skid.

The Sabres, who lead Montreal by five points for first place in the Northeast Division, have won four of their last six games.

These teams haven't met since March 7, 2004, a 5-1 St. Louis win in Buffalo. The Blues have eight wins and two ties in the last 10 meetings and haven't lost to the Sabres since a 3-1 home setback on October 1, 1997.

12/23 10:36:21 ET

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