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Saturday, January 14th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (28-16-2) at Buffalo Sabres (27-13-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres hope to end a two-game skid tonight when they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to HSBC Arena.

Buffalo has lost three of its last four games to begin January, after a sizzling month of December. On Thursday the Sabres dropped a 2-1 contest to visiting Phoenix via shootout. The Coyotes' Geoff Sanderson was the only player to score in the shootout.

Jason Pominville tallied the Sabres' lone goal while Martin Biron stopped 39- of-40 shots and 2-of-3 in the shootout for Buffalo. Biron, who had been yielding the crease to Ryan Miller, made his first start since December 29.

The Sabres remain second in the Northeast Division with 57 points -- four behind frontrunning Ottawa.

Buffalo, which is 14-7-2 on home ice, will visit Edmonton on Monday to kick off a six-game road trip.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, shoots for its second straight win on the heels of a two-game slide. On Thursday, Alexander Frolov recorded his second career hat trick by scoring three times in the final period, and Mathieu Garon stopped 30 shots for his sixth career shutout, as the Kings blanked the Boston Bruins, 6-0, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Joe Corvo, Michael Cammalleri and Dustin Brown also scored for the Kings, who won for the 10th time in 14 games. It also marked their first win in Boston since March 30, 1999.

Craig Conroy extended his point streak to 10 games, having posted four goals and 11 assists in that time.

The Kings, with 58 points, are two behind first-place Dallas in the Pacific Division.

Los Angeles will open a four-game homestand Tuesday against Tampa Bay.

Buffalo swept two games from LA during the 2003-04 season, and has won four of the last seven meetings.

Los Angeles is 1-7-1 (7 losses, 1 tie) in its last nine trips to Buffalo.

01/14 10:27:46 ET

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