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Friday, February 8th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (27-21-5) at Buffalo Sabres (25-21-7), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Sabres will try to best the Boston Bruins for the second time in four days tonight, when the two clubs get together at Buffalo's HSBC Arena.

The Sabres and Bruins met on Tuesday in Boston, with Buffalo leaving town as 4-2 winners. Daniel Paille scored a pair of goals in the win, while Toni Lydman and Thomas Vanek added a goal each.

Ryan Miller was back between the pipes for Buffalo after leaving his last start with a lower body injury. He ended with 30 saves in a winning effort and improved to 10-3-3 with a 2.63 goals-against average in 16 career games against the Bruins.

This is not a home-and-home set, however, as the Sabres returned home to host the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. Buffalo won its second straight game on that day, downing New Jersey, 3-2, in a shootout.

Drew Stafford and Henrik Tallinder both scored in the extra frame, while Miller stopped New Jersey's Zach Parise and Brian Gionta.

Miller stopped 24 shots in regulation and overtime to improve to 5-0-0 in his last six starts while notching the 99th win of his career. Jason Pominville and Michael Ryan had a goal apiece for the Sabres.

Pominville, who had two assists versus Boston on Tuesday, has three goals and five helpers over a season-high five-game point streak and leads Buffalo with 46 points this season.

Wednesday's game opened a three-game homestand for the Sabres, who are 13-8-2 as the host this year and entertain Florida on Sunday to close the residency.

Boston has been out of action since that loss to Buffalo, the club's second in a row. P.J. Axelsson paced his club with a goal and an assist and Mark Stuart had a late goal for the Bruins.

Chuck Kobasew, Boston's leading goal scorer with 15 this year, had an assist to run his point streak to five games. He has two goals and four assists over that run.

Tim Thomas turned away 24 shots in net, but has allowed seven goals in Boston's last two setbacks. He gave up just three goals total in winning his previous three starts before this skid. Thomas is 6-5-2 with a 3.16 GAA in 15 games all-time against Buffalo.

Glen Murray traveled with the team to Buffalo as he is nearing a return to the ice. Murray, who could play tonight, is on injured reserve because of a hip flexor and hasn't played since December 20 due to the injury, a span of 19 games missed.

The forward has 10 goals and nine assists in 34 games this season.

The Bruins have won three of their last four as the road club and will try to improve on their 13-11-3 mark as the visitor before returning home for two straight.

This is the sixth of eight meetings between the Northeast Division rivals this season. Boston is 3-1-1 against Buffalo this year, though the Sabres have won six of 10 and nine of the last 14 in the series.

The Bruins have dropped eight of their last 10 at Buffalo, though they do own a road win against them this year.

02/08 10:30:06 ET

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