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Monday, November 20th (All times eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (10-9-1) at Buffalo Sabres (16-3-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres try to break out of their first real slump of the season tonight when they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to HSBC Arena.

Buffalo has lost two of its last three games, with both defeats coming at the hands of Ottawa. On Saturday the Sabres were handed a 4-1 loss by the host Senators, as Peter Schaefer and Dany Heatley each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the winning effort.

Maxim Afinogenov bagged the only goal for the Sabres, as he played his second game after missing five with a separated shoulder. Afinogenov netted his 10th goal of the season, which ranks fourth on the team.

Goaltender Ryan Miller returned to the lineup for Buffalo after missing the previous six games with an abdominal strain and was touched for four goals on 41 shots.

Buffalo, which leads the Northeast Division by seven points over second-place Toronto, begins a three-game homestand tonight and will host the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has also lost two of its last three. On Sunday the Lightning dropped a 4-1 tilt to the Rangers in New York, as Jaromir Jagr scored his 600th career goal and added two assists to lift the Rangers.

Eric Perrin netted the Bolts' lone goal, while Johan Holmqvist allowed four goals on 34 shots in the loss.

Tampa's Martin St. Louis saw his goal-scoring drought reach five games on Sunday.

The Lightning will visit Florida on Wednesday.

Buffalo swept four meetings with Tampa Bay last season and has won five of the last six meetings overall.

The Bolts have lost in their last three trips to HSBC Arena.

11/20 10:19:48 ET

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