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Sabres' bid for Northeast lead highlights busy Monday

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The Buffalo Sabres' bid to regain control of the Northeast Division before a national television audience highlights a busy eight-game NHL schedule on Monday night.

The Sabres (14-7-2), who are aiming for a third straight victory, will play one of five games that begin at 7 p.m. ET. They'll visit the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have also won two in a row, at the Air Canada Centre. That contest can be seen on Versus in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the New York Rangers will look to avenge Saturday's embarrassing 8-3 loss at Pittsburgh as they host the Pens at Madison Square Garden. Sidney Crosby notched his second hat trick of the season in the victory.

Also at 7 p.m., the Washington Capitals (15-5-6) will look to hand the Carolina Hurricanes their fifth straight loss at the RBC Center, while the Florida Panthers (10-11-4) take on the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena. Atlanta (13-7-3) has won three straight. Finally, the Columbus Blue Jackets will host the St. Louis Blues, who have earned points in seven of their last 10 games.

Two contests have 7:30 p.m. starts -- the Tampa Bay Lightning (10-6-8) will host the reeling Colorado Avalanche, who have just two wins in their last 10. The Detroit Red Wings, who got back in the win column on Saturday at St. Louis, will battle the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena.

In the final game of the night, the Nashville Predators host the Calgary Flames at 8 p.m. ET at the Sommet Center in what should be a phenomenal affair. Nashville has won eight of its last 10 games to catapult into second place in the Central Division, while the Flames (16-6-3) have earned points in each of their last nine games.
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