GAME: Los Angeles Kings (22-15-13-6) at Buffalo Sabres (24-26-5-1).
TIME: Friday, 8 p.m. EST.
The Los Angeles Kings look to extend a pair of point streaks when they
continue their season-high, seven-game road trip in a matchup with the
last-place Buffalo Sabres.
Los Angeles has yet to lose in regulation on the trip, going 2-0-1-1, and
has earned a point in 10 straight games away from home since a 4-0 loss to the
Phoenix Coyotes on Dec. 31.
The Kings had their season-best, seven-game unbeaten streak snapped on
Wednesday with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Los Angeles,
however, earned a point in its eighth straight contest (4-0-3-1) and for the
14th time in its last 15 games.
The Kings, 6-1-3-1 since a 14-game winless skid, have moved within five
points of the San Jose Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division.
"I think the key thing is that we keep piling points up," said Los Angeles
coach Andy Murray, who was given a multiyear contract extension on Monday.
Los Angeles concludes its trip with matchups against the defending Stanley
Cup champion New Jersey Devils on Sunday and New York Islanders on Monday.
The Kings must first face a Buffalo team that beat San Jose 2-1 on Tuesday
for its fifth win in six games.
The Sabres are in last place in the Northeast Division, but are just seven
points behind the New York Islanders for eighth place in the Eastern
"It's a huge win," said Buffalo leading scorer Daniel Briere, who recorded
his second two-goal game of the season on Tuesday. "We said that we want to be
the top team in the NHL after the (All-Star) break, and this is a good start."
Martin Biron made 27 saves for the Sabres to improve to 6-1 with a 1.80
goals-against average in his last seven appearances.
"If we want to be in the playoffs, we have to get five or six games over
.500," Biron said.
Los Angeles won 4-1 at HSBC Arena last February for its first victory in
Buffalo since the 1992-93 season.