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Sabres hope to keep alive points streak vs. Avalanche

Buffalo (6-0-1) at Colorado (4-3-0) 9:00 p.m. EDT

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Buffalo Sabres will look to earn at least

a point in their eighth straight game to start the season when

they take on the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Buffalo, which is tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference

with 26 goals, is led by Thomas Vanek. The Austrian left wing

leads the NHL with eight tallies on the season.

After suffering their first defeat of the campaign, a 3-2

shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on October 18, the Sabres

have bounced back with consecutive comeback victories.

The Northeast Division leaders overcame a 2-0 deficit against

Boston before winning in a shootout on Tuesday and registered a

dramatic victory over Minnesota two days later.

Adam Mair and Vanek scored two goals in a 46-second span late in

the third period to forge a tie before the Sabres handed the

Wild their first loss of the season on Derek Roy's goal 44

seconds into overtime.

Colorado is looking to build on an impressive division win

Thursday, a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Avalanche dropped their first three games of the season but

have scored 18 goals in their last four games to reel off four

consecutive wins. Milan Hejduk leads the team with six goals,

while Paul Stastny and captain Joe Sakic have registered nine

and seven assists, respectively.


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