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Thursday, January 19th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (29-13-3) at Vancouver Canucks (26-15-5), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams aiming for their third consecutive victories meet tonight, as the Vancouver Canucks welcome the Buffalo Sabres to General Motors Place.

The Sabres won their second in a row Monday evening in Edmonton. Maxim Afinogenov scored the game-winning goal in the final frame and added an assist, as Buffalo earned the 3-1 victory at Rexall Place.

Ryan Miller had a solid game in net making 22 saves for the Sabres, while Tim Connolly and Derek Roy tallied the other goals.

Tonight marks the second test of a six-game road trip for Buffalo, which is an impressive 14-6-1 as the visitor this season.

Buffalo has 61 points and is currently four behind Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division.

The Canucks, meanwhile, are locked into a three-way tie for first place in the Northwest Division. Vancouver, Calgary and Colorado each have 57 points atop the division.

Vancouver was last in action on Monday when it posted a victory in Pittsburgh. Brendan Morrison had a goal and an assist to help the Canucks beat the Penguins, 4-2, at the Igloo.

Steve McCarthy, Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Sedin all lit the lamp as well for Vancouver, which has won five of its last six games. Alexander Auld turned away 23 shots in the win.

The Canucks, who are 16-3-3 in B.C. this year, kick off a brief two-game homestand this evening. They will also open the doors for Montreal on Saturday.

Vancouver is 5-2-1 (2 losses, 1 tie) in the last eight meetings with the Sabres. Buffalo is just 0-3-1 in its last four trips to Vancouver.

01/19 10:28:30 ET


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