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Friday, December 1st (All times eastern)

New York Rangers (13-9-3) at Buffalo Sabres (19-3-2), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers try to end a two-game skid tonight when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena for a battle of first-place clubs.

The Rangers have dropped both tilts in overtime, including Tuesday's 5-4 setback against Atlanta. Former Ranger Bobby Holik scored his second goal of the game with 2:05 left in overtime to lift the Thrashers.

Adam Hall had two goals and Martin Straka added a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who had won three straight before the current slide. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25-of-30 shots in the loss.

Straka has found the net in three straight games (4g) and has a five-game point streak intact (5g, 4a).

The Rangers, who are 8-5-0 on the road, will host the rival Islanders on Sunday.

Buffalo, meanwhile, has won three of its last four games. The Sabres haven't played since Sunday, when they edged the Rangers, 3-2, in OT. Chris Drury scored on a deflection shot in overtime to take the victory.

Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist and Maxim Afinogenov scored the other goal for the Sabres, while Ryan Miller finished with 25 saves.

With 40 points, the Sabres are atop the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference. They are four points ahead of Atlanta in the conference chase.

Buffalo will visit Washington on Saturday.

The Sabres have won all three meetings with the Rangers this season, and taken four-of-five overall.

12/01 10:16:52 ET


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