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Sabres look to generate sparks against Penguins

Pittsburgh (13-5-3) at Buffalo (10-8-3), 7:30 pm EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- November has not been kind to the

Buffalo Sabres. In fact, it has completely negated their hot

start.

The struggling Sabres hope to win consecutive games for the

first time in almost a month when they host the Pittsburgh

Penguins on Friday.

Prior to their 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, the

Sabres had dropped seven of eight and were mired in a five-game

losing skid in that span.

Buffalo began the season with six wins in its first seven

contests, but has failed to maintain that level of excellence.

The Sabres ended October trudging through a three-game losing

streak and bounced back to win two in a row from November 1-3,

but then fell into their current slide.

In their win over Boston, Buffalo's Derek Roy recorded his first

two-goal game since March 25 of last season and has seven points

in his last five games. Goaltender Ryan Miller had 27 saves and

snapped a personal three-game losing streak.

Buffalo's Thomas Vanek is among the NHL leaders with 15 goals,

but hasn't scored in the past three games. He has four goals in

13 contests against the Penguins.

The Sabres have just one win in their last seven games against

Pittsburgh (1-5-2).

The Penguins have been extremely successful in November, thanks,

in large part, to Evgeni Malkin's torrid stretch. The All-Star

center has 32 points - nine goals and 23 assists - in his last

17 games and has registered points in 15 of those.

Pittsburgh suffered its first regulation loss in November on

Saturday, a 3-1 defeat against the Vancouver Canucks, but

bounced back to top the New York Islanders, 5-3, on Wednesday.

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