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Thursday, January 26th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (30-15-3) at Toronto Maple Leafs (24-21-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs hope to put the brakes on a six- game losing streak tonight when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to Air Canada Centre.

The Leafs have lost their last two games in Ottawa -- by scores of 7-0 and 4-3. The latter score came on Monday, as Daniel Alfredsson recorded a goal and an assist to lift the Senators.

Tie Domi finished with a goal and an assist for the Leafs, who failed to overcome a 4-1 deficit early in the third period and saw their season-long losing streak reach six.

Ed Belfour finished with 18 saves in the setback.

The Maple Leafs last lost seven straight games in January 1997.

Toronto will host Montreal on Saturday.

Buffalo, meanwhile, ended a two-game skid on Tuesday. Ales Kotalik tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Sabres past the New York Rangers, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden.

Thomas Vanek scored his 13th goal of the year and Ryan Miller made 23 saves for Buffalo.

On the injury front, Sabres forward Tim Connolly, who took a vicious hip check from Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis, suffered a grade-two knee sprain and is expected to be out of action for six-to-eight weeks

Buffalo will visit Atlanta next Tuesday.

The Leafs and Sabres have split two meetings this season, with each team winning in its own rink.

01/26 10:20:52 ET

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