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Saturday, January 31st (All times eastern)

New York Rangers (19-22-7-4) at Buffalo Sabres (22-25-5-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres seek their season-high fourth consecutive win tonight when they welcome the New York Rangers to HSBC Arena for the back end of a home-and-home.

On Friday, Martin Biron made 33 saves, including 13 in the third period, as the Sabres skated to a 3-1 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Daniel Briere and Chris Drury posted a goal and an assist apiece for the Sabres, who have won three straight for the second time this season and the first time since October 23-25. Buffalo has not won four-in-a-row since last March 24-29.

Biron, who has been the topic of recent trade rumors, has started in each of the last four Sabres' victories, allowing a total of six goals in that time.

Buffalo, which is a stellar 6-1-2 in its last nine home games, kicks off a four-game set tonight. The Sabres will welcome Boston to town on Thursday.

The Rangers received a goal from Dale Purinton, but fell to 1-6-2 in their last nine and just 1-3-0 since trading for Jaromir Jagr. Mike Dunham turned aside 32 shots in the loss.

Jagr has contributed a goal and two assists in four games with the Blueshirts, but all three points came in a 5-2 victory over Florida on Monday.

New York played its first game without center Eric Lindros, who is sidelined indefinitely after suffering the eighth documented concussion of his career.

As far as the playoff race goes, the Rangers, with 49 points, are 11th in the Eastern Conference. They trail the rival Islanders by six points, but must also leap over the Sabres and Atlanta, who are both one ahead in the standings.

The Rangers, 0-2-1 in their last three on the road, will host Vancouver on Monday.

New York and Buffalo have split two meetings this season, as the Rangers had a two-game series winning streak snapped Friday. The Blueshirts are 2-1-2 in their last five trips to HSBC Arena.

01/31 10:23:54 ET


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