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Struggling Sabers look to rebound vs. Predators

Nashville (11-10-2) at Buffalo (11-9-3) 7:00 p.m. EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- The Buffalo Sabers were the

hottest team in the NHL at the beginning of the season. A lot

has changed since.

The Sabers will be looking to bounce back from another loss when

they host the Nashville Predators on Monday.

After beginning the season 6-0-2 in its first eight games,

Buffalo is 2-6-0 in its last eight games.

Defense has been the problem of late, as the Sabers have allowed

an average of 4.66 goals during their last six losses. Top

goaltender Ryan Miller has been part of the problem, allowing an

average of four goals in his last six losses.

Patrick Lalime got the start in net at Montreal on Saturday and

allowed three goals on 34 shots to suffer the loss. He has not

presided over a win since October 13 - a span of six games.

The Predators are coming off a 6-2 loss at Minnesota on

Saturday. Nashville took 15 penalties in the game and allowed

five of the six goals on the power play.

Nashville's 80 percent penalty kill is the third-worst mark in

the Western Conference.

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