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                             Wednesday, November 25
                              (All times Eastern)
 
 WINNIPEG JETS (11-9-3) AT BUFFALO SABRES (6-13-2), 7 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Sabres have a chance to post their longest
 winning streak since 2012 on Wednesday night as they play host to the Winnipeg
 Jets.
 
 The Sabres have picked up half of their six victories this season over a
 recent stretch, earning a third straight win with Saturday's 2-1 decision over
 the Washington Capitals. It marked Buffalo's first game since the previous
 Tuesday as their scheduled home contest versus the New York Rangers on Friday
 was postponed due to heavy snow in the area.
 
 While the offense failed to match the 10 goals scored over the first two games
 of the winning streak, the Sabres got 43 saves by Jhonas Enroth to win three
 straight for the first time since Feb. 25-25. They haven't won four in a row
 since a five-game streak from March 19-27, 2012.
 
 "We're playing like a confident team right now, and confident teams get
 breaks, and those lead to wins," said Enroth.
 
 Torrey Mitchell and Matt Moulson had the goals for the Sabres, who lost
 forward Cody McCormick to injury in the game. He is expected to miss time
 while he undergoes concussion protocols.
 
 Enroth got the start on Saturday after netminder Michal Neuvirth suffered a
 lower-body injury during a win over San Jose on Nov. 18. He did return to
 practice earlier this week and is expected to serve as the backup tonight to
 Enroth, who is 0-2-1 in his career versus the Jets despite a solid 2.01 goals
 against average and .943 save percentage.
 
 Ondrej Pavelec will start tonight's game for the Jets looking to win for the
 first time since Nov. 8. He has lost four straight decisions since and is just
 7-8-2 with a 2.30 GAA and .917 save percentage in 19 games (18 starts) this
 season.
 
 Pavelec is 6-3-2 in his career against the Sabres, logging a 2.39 GAA and .923
 save percentage in 11 games.
 
 Winnipeg snapped a two-game slide and won for only the third time in eight
 games with last night's 4-2 decision over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Backup
 Michael Hutchinson made 32 saves, moving to 4-1-1 on the season with a 1.50
 GAA and .947 save percentage.
 
 "You're always hoping to get more starts, but the most important thing right
 now is the team winning," Hutchinson said. "I'm feeling really good about
 where my game is right now. I'm reading the plays really good right now."
 
 Evander Kane scored a pair of power-play goals, one into an empty-net, while
 Andrew Ladd potted the game-winner just 31 seconds after Kane's first goal of
 the game. Bryan Little gave the Jets an early lead after scoring just nine
 seconds into the game.
 
 Both forward Mathieu Perreault (upper body) and defenseman Tobias Enstrom
 (lower body) are doubtful for tonight. Perreault was hurt in last night's game
 versus the Blue Jackets.
 
 The Jets have won seven of their last eight games against the Sabres, who did
 snap a three-game series home losing streak with a 4-2 win last December.
 
 
 WASHINGTON CAPITALS (9-8-3) AT NEW YORK ISLANDERS (15-6-0), 7 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals will try to slow down the red-
 hot New York Islanders when the Metropolitan Division rivals meet Wednesday
 night at Nassau Coliseum.
 
 The Islanders have won four straight and nine of their last 10 games and enter
 tonight's home test tied with Pittsburgh for first place in the Metro. New
 York swept a home-and-home series against the Penguins with wins on Friday and
 Saturday, and followed with Tuesday's shootout decision over Philadelphia.
 
 New York earned a road shootout win over Pittsburgh on Friday and began a
 three-game homestand with a 4-1 triumph over the Pens on the following night.
 Tuesday's 1-0 victory over the Flyers pushed the Isles to 6-1-0 within the
 division and 9-3-0 against Eastern Conference opponents.
 
 The Capitals will try to become only the second divisional opponent to beat
 the Isles this season, following Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over New York on Oct.
 18. Washington has claimed four of the past five meetings with the Islanders
 overall and has won nine of the last 11 matchups at the Coliseum.
 
 Wednesday's test is the first of four meetings between the Caps and Isles this
 season. The next matchup is set for Friday in D.C. when the clubs complete a
 home-and-home series.
 
 The only thing that kept the Islanders from earning a regulation win against
 Philadelphia was Steve Mason. The Flyers netminder stopped all 46 shots sent
 his way through regulation and overtime, as New York outshot the visitors by a
 wide margin.
 
 However, New York was able to get to Mason in the shootout, scoring twice over
 the three rounds.
 
 Frans Nielsen put the first puck past either goaltender with New York's second
 chance, as he buried a wrister past Mason. After Jaroslav Halak turned aside
 an attempt by Philadelphia's Claude Giroux, John Tavares then sealed the
 victory as he went back and forth before lifting a backhand into the right
 corner of the net.
 
 "We did a good job of getting pucks on the net but you're going to have those
 nights where their goalie doesn't make any mistakes," said Tavares. "Luckily
 our guy was just as strong and we were able to get a few in the shootout.
 
 Halak made 21 saves to record his third shutout of the season and 33rd of his
 career.
 
 New York has won all four of its home games in November and is 7-2-0 at the
 Coliseum this season.
 
 The Capitals will try to get back in the win column tonight after losing
 Saturday's home matchup against the Buffalo Sabres.
 
 Washington had won two in a row before losing the 2-1 regulation decision to
 the Sabres. The Caps tied the game at 1-1 with a power-play tally less than
 six minutes into the third period, but Torrey Mitchell delivered the game-
 winner for Buffalo with 7:42 remaining in regulation.
 
 Matt Niskanen scored the lone goal for Washington and Braden Holtby made 24
 saves in defeat. The loss marked the third time the Caps were held to less
 than two goals in the past five games.
 
 "We could get more bodies in front of the crease," said Niskanen. "Their
 goalie was good tonight, but I think he saw too many (shots). We're doing a
 lot of good things, but goalies in this league, if they see shots, they're
 going to stop them most of the time."
 
 Washington hopes to have its top offensive weapon in the lineup tonight, as
 Alex Ovechkin is questionable against the Isles after leaving Tuesday's
 practice with an upper-body issue. Ovechkin, who did make the trip to Long
 Island, leads the Caps with nine goals and is second on the club with 18
 points while playing in every game this season.
 
 Defenseman Mike Green will miss Wednesday's game after suffering an upper-body
 injury against Buffalo.
 
 
 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (8-9-3) AT DETROIT RED WINGS (11-5-5), 7:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The struggling Philadelphia Flyers will try to get their
 offense on track Wednesday when they visit the Detroit Red Wings for a clash
 at Joe Louis Arena.
 
 The Flyers have lost five of their last six games, and were held to less than
 four goals in each of those setbacks. Philadelphia has managed only six goals
 over its past four tilts and four of those tallies came in Saturday's win
 against Columbus.
 
 Philly was shut out for the second time in four games on Monday, losing a 1-0
 shootout decision against the New York Islanders. Steve Mason was the main
 reason the Flyers weren't handed a regulation loss at Nassau Coliseum, as the
 goaltender kept Philly in the game with a strong performance.
 
 The Isles outshot the visitors by a 46-21 margin, but Mason stopped all 46
 shots sent his way to record his first shutout of the season in a losing
 effort.
 
 "We had a good scout on them and knew what to expect," said Mason. "They were
 as good as advertised."
 
 New York was able to get to Mason in the shootout, scoring twice over the
 three rounds. Frans Nielsen put the first puck past either goaltender with New
 York's second chance, as he buried a wrister past Mason. After Jaroslav Halak
 turned aside an attempt by Philadelphia's Claude Giroux, John Tavares then
 sealed the victory as he went back and forth before lifting a backhand into
 the right corner of the net.
 
 The Flyers have lost five straight on the road and are just 2-6-1 as the guest
 this season. Philadelphia's last away win was back on Oct. 22, when it
 recorded a 5-3 triumph in Pittsburgh.
 
 Philly has done well against the Red Wings recently, winning three straight
 and four of the past five meetings in this series. That includes a 4-2 home
 win over Detroit on Oct. 25 when Ray Emery made 35 saves to anchor a Flyers'
 victory.
 
 The Flyers and Red Wings have split the last four encounters in the Motor
 City. but Philadelphia has a dismal 2-15-1 record with two ties in the past 20
 meetings at the Joe.
 
 Detroit improved to 7-2-2 at home this season following Monday's close victory
 over the Ottawa Senators. Stephen Weiss keyed the victory with his best
 performance in a Red Wings uniform, scoring a pair of goals to help the Red
 Wings hold on for the 4-3 regulation win over the Sens.
 
 The Red Wings had high hopes for Weiss when they signed him to a five-year,
 $24.5 million deal in the summer of 2013, but things have not gone as planned.
 The veteran centerman missed much of last season due to a sports hernia and
 only recorded two goals and two assists in 26 games.
 
 Monday's game was only Weiss' second tilt this season and first since Oct. 18.
 He began 2014-15 as a healthy scratch and then suffered a groin injury in his
 first game of the season.
 
 After a recent conditioning stint in the AHL, however, Weiss was able to break
 into the lineup on Monday when he doubled his career goal total with the
 Wings.
 
 "It felt good to be in the lineup and it was nice to get a couple of goals,"
 said Weiss.
 
 Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan each had a goal for the Red Wings, while
 Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots in the win.
 
 The Red Wings, who have won three of their last four games, could get Pavel
 Datsyuk back on the ice tonight. The star forward has missed the last four
 games and six of eight tilts overall due to a groin injury. Datsyuk did
 practice on Tuesday and is questionable for tonight's contest.
 
 Detroit's Brendan Smith is expected to miss a fourth straight game after
 injuring his hand in last week's fight with Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue
 Jackets.
 
 
 NEW YORK RANGERS (9-7-4) AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (14-6-2), 7:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - A little over a week since Ryan Callahan made his return
 to New York City a triumphant one, Martin St. Louis will try to do the same
 thing when his New York Rangers visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.
 
 Callahan and St. Louis were involved in a trade for each other last season, as
 the Rangers and Lightning swapped captains. The former player made his return
 to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 17 and posted two goals to help the Bolts
 rout New York, 5-1.
 
 Now it's St. Louis' turn to visit his former stomping grounds, as the 39-year-
 old steps on the ice at Amalie Arena for the first time since getting dealt to
 New York on March 5.
 
 St. Louis helped Tampa win its only Stanley Cup title in 2004, and is the
 franchise's all-time leading scorer with 953 points on 365 goals and 588
 assists. He recorded New York's lone goal in last week's loss against the
 Bolts and has eight goals and nine assists this season.
 
 The two-time Art Ross Trophy winner met the media in Tampa on Tuesday and
 hedged his bets when it comes to guessing what type of reception he'll receive
 tonight.
 
 "I am expecting the worst, but am hoping for the best," St. Louis quipped.
 
 The part of St. Louis expecting the worse is probably thinking about the way
 he left the Lightning. The franchise's longtime star requested a trade out of
 Tampa after being left off Canada's 2014 Olympic team by Steve Yzerman, who
 was general manager of both the Lightning and Team Canada.
 
 "I'm sure there's going to be mixed emotions for him coming in tomorrow," said
 current Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. "To be honest, I think there's going
 to be some cheers and probably some boos and I think he probably knows that.
 When he made his decision, I'm sure he thought about this day at the time, but
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 ----- COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER UPDATE -----
 
 
  Notre Dame - Safety Drue Tranquill (11/26, knee) will miss the remainder of 
  the season.
 
 11/26 11:08:28 ET

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