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Wednesday, March 29th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (28-32-13) at Buffalo Sabres (44-21-6), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres try to end a six-game slide tonight when they welcome the Boston Bruins to HSBC Arena.

The funk comes on the heels of eight straight wins and has put their playoff positioning in question. Currently the Sabres sit fourth in the Eastern Conference -- four ahead of fifth-place Philadelphia.

On Monday, Buffalo dropped a 5-4 shootout tilt to the host Rangers, as Jaromir Jagr led the way for New York with a goal and an assist.

Daniel Briere had a goal and two assists while Ryan Miller made 31 saves in the loss for the Sabres, whose six straight defeats are a season high.

Buffalo, which squandered a two-goal lead to begin the third period, will visit New Jersey on Thursday to open a three-game road trip.

Boston, meanwhile, has lost four of its last five games. On Monday, Olli Jokinen scored the only goal of the shootout, as Florida beat Boston, 4-3, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Patrice Bergeron scored twice for the Bruins, while Brad Boyes added his 24th goal of the season. Goaltender Tim Thomas was impressive in defeat, stopping 45 of the 48 shots he faced.

The Bruins are all but out of the East playoff race, sitting 12 points out of eighth place with nine to play.

Boston will begin a two-game set in Montreal on Saturday.

Buffalo is 6-1 against Boston this season, but the Bruins notched a 5-4 home win on Saturday in Beantown.

03/29 12:25:21 ET

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