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PreGame Skate: Dallas Stars

Tonight the Dallas Stars make a rare visit to the First Niagara Center.  The Dallas Stars have not won in Buffalo since 1997, a regular season streak the Buffalo Sabres hope to continue. 

 
Both teams enter tonight with a 4-5-1 record in their last ten games.  The Buffalo Sabres are on a tear, and despite picking up points in their last five contests, have remained at a virtual stand still at the bottom of the standings, getting no help from the out of town scoreboard.  The Sabres have dug their hole, but have little control over their own destiny if other teams continue to pick up points ahead of them in the standings. 
 
The Dallas Stars sit outside the playoff picture as well in the Western Conference, but are knocking on the door of the top eight teams.  A win last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets helped keep them on pace to push into the top eight. 
The Sabres momentum swing continues, and should be refreshed having some time off after routing the Boston Bruins 6-0 in a game where they controlled the tempo and style of play the entire 60 minute contest.  The blue and gold are going to have to do that again if they entertain hopes of continuing their current point streak. 
 
The Sabres roster is returning to form in what was working for them before the season started looking like a lost cause.  Hopeful to have Thomas Vanek back in the lineup tonight, that leaves only forward Jochen Hecht out of the lineup, and Amerks prospect Colin Stuart still out with a knee injury.  A healthy lineup and a better effort at home have been at the root of the Sabres recent point streak.   The team has not lost a home game in regulation since December 10th.  
 
Puck Drop is scheduled for 7:30 tonight. 

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Colin Stuart Dallas Stars Fansided Jochen Hecht NHL Ryan Miller Thomas Vanek