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Tuesday, October 28th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Wild (2-6-1-0) at Buffalo Sabres (5-4-0-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres seek their fourth straight win tonight when they welcome the Minnesota Wild to HSBC Arena.

Buffalo went 4-2 on its recent road trip, including consecutive victories over Los Angeles, Anaheim and Colorado. Chris Drury stung his former team with a goal late in the third period, as the Sabres downed the Avalanche, 3-1, at the Pepsi Center on Sunday.

J.P. Dumont posted a goal and an assist for the Sabres, and Ales Kotalik also scored in the win. Goaltender Martin Biron stopped 32 shots.

Drury has registered a point in seven straight games, managing two goals and seven assists. Biron, meanwhile, was awarded NHL Defensive Player of the Week for allowing a combined four goals during the team's winning streak. He has averaged 30 saves per-game during the run.

Buffalo opens a brief homestand tonight and will host Toronto on Thursday.

Minnesota, meanwhile, is 1-5-1 in its last seven, including Saturday's 3-2 defeat in Tampa. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Marc Chouinard provided the scoring for the Wild, while Manny Fernandez finished with 21 saves in defeat.

The Wild did, however, receive some good news over the weekend, as forward Pascal Dupuis, their second-leading scorer last season, finally re-signed with the team. Whether or not he plays this evening will depend on how his conditioning looks during practice today.

On the flip side, young star Marian Gaborik remains without a contract. Both the player and general manager Doug Risebrough released statements on the matter, and what came out of both were that the parties don't seem very close. Gaborik said in his statement that he had left the state of Minnesota, where he had been for direct negotiation.

The Wild will host Atlanta on Thursday.

Minny and Buffalo split two meetings last season, with each team winning in the other's building. The Sabres have won three of the four all-time clashes.

10/28 10:10:27 ET


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