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Saturday, October 18th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (1-3-0-0) at Calgary Flames (2-1-0-0), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames target their third straight win tonight when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to the Saddledome.

On Tuesday, Jamie McLennan made 19 saves and recorded his first shutout in over two years to lead Calgary to a 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Blair Betts netted the lone goal of the contest for the Flames, who are 2-1 after three games this season. Last year Calgary needed 10 games before posting its third win of the season.

McLennan, whose last shutout came during the 2000-01 season, started in place of the injured Roman Turek, who left last Saturday's game against the Sharks with a head injury. Turek is ready to return, but head coach Darryl Sutter has not said who will be in the crease for tonight's contest.

McLennan, who has not allowed a goal in 97 minutes, 17 seconds, has now won consecutive decisions after going 0-10-3 in his previous 13 decisions. His last win had been on November 5 against New Jersey.

Calgary's top line ofJarome Iginla, Craig Conroy and Dean McAmmond has combined for zero points thus far this season.

Buffalo, meanwhile, failed in its quest for back-to-back victories on Thursday when it was upended by the Edmonton Oilers, 4-1. Chris Drury scored his first goal in a Buffalo uniform after he came to the Sabres from Calgary in an offseason trade.

Martin Biron, who stopped 29 shots for Buffalo, was pulled for an extra skater late in the third period. The Sabres pressed and had a few decent scoring chances, but Fernando Pisani's empty-netter from center ice with 1:22 to go in the game completed the scoring.

Tonight's contest will be the second leg of a six-game road trip for the Sabres.

This will also be the first meeting between the teams since an offseason trade that saw the Flames send Drury to the Sabres for defenseman Rhett Warrener and center Steve Reinprecht, who Buffalo had acquired earlier in the day of the trade.

Drury played 80 games last season for the Flames and had 23 goals with 30 assists, while Warrener spent the last five years in Buffalo.

The Sabres lost the lone matchup between the two teams last season and has dropped two straight after winning the last nine meetings. Buffalo has also lost two straight after going unbeaten in its last three at Calgary.

10/18 10:11:57 ET

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