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GAME: Buffalo Sabres (28-13-3) at Edmonton Oilers (24-16-5).

TIME: Monday, 9 p.m. EST.

The Buffalo Sabres may have wanted to save some goals from their best offensive output in nearly 13 years for their longest road trip of the season.

After scoring 10 goals in a game for the first time since 1993, Buffalo begins a six-game swing against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Sabres have struggled against the Oilers, going 0-6-2 since a 1-0 win in Edmonton on March 27, 1998. Buffalo also has just one win in its last 13 games against Edmonton since Oct. 18, 1995.

The Sabres capped a six-game homestand Saturday night with a 10-1 rout of the Los Angeles Kings as former Oiler Jochen Hecht and rookie Jason Pominville each recorded their first career hat tricks.

"Happy to get it out of the way, but it's also great for 'Pommer' to get his first one, too," Hecht said.

The Sabres opened up a 5-0 lead 17 minutes into the contest en route to the most goals scored since a 10-7 win Feb. 24, 1993 over the Detroit Red Wings.

Chris Drury, who had a goal and three assists in the win over the Kings, made sure to remind everyone this was only one game.

"It's nothing to gloat about," Drury said. "It's two points and we'll move on."

Buffalo begins play four points behind the Northeast Division-leading Ottawa Senators.

The Sabres have one of the best road records in the league at 13-6-1, but have scored just 57 goals away from the HSBC Arena while giving up 59.

For Buffalo to get off to a good start on its trip, it will need to find a way to stop Edmonton's Marc-Andre Bergeron and Shawn Horcoff.

Bergeron scored twice and Horcoff extended his points streak with two assists in a 5-3 loss Saturday to Ottawa.

"We're finding a way to lose," Bergeron said. "Hopefully, we're going to get those wins back later in the year."

Horcoff has six goals and seven assists during an eight-game points streak, his longest of the season. He has not scored in four career games against the Sabres.

Ryan Smyth recorded his third straight 20-goal season in the loss. He has just five goals and four assists in 11 career games against the Sabres. The Oilers have recorded at least one point in all 11 games in which Smyth has played.

Edmonton is trying to avoid its first three-game losing streak since dropping seven in a row from Oct. 11-25.

STANDINGS: Sabres - 59 points, 2nd place, 4 PB, Northeast Division. Oilers - 53 points, 4th place, 4 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Sabres - Ales Kotalik, 18 goals; Tim Connolly, 28 assists; Drury and Connolly, 36 points; Andrew Peters, 51 PIM. Oilers - Smyth, 20 goals; Horcoff and Ales Hemsky, 34 assists; Horcoff, 48 points; Ethan Moreau, 55 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Sabres - Power play: 22.4 percent (58 for 259), 2nd in NHL. Penalty killing: 86.0 percent (202 for 235), 2nd. Oilers - Power play: 19.7 percent (55 for 279), 7th. Penalty killing: 82.9 percent (228 for 275), 14th.

GOALTENDERS: Sabres - Ryan Miller (12-6-0, 0 SO, 2.26 GAA); Martin Biron (15-5-3, 0, 2.97). Oilers - Jussi Markkanen (14-10-4, 0, 3.13); Ty Conklin (5-5-1, 1, 3.12).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Oilers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 16, 2003; Oilers, 4-1. At Edmonton, Alberta, Hemsky and Raffi Torres scored in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie. Drury scored for the Sabres.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Sabres - 13-6-1 on the road; Oilers - 11-8-2 at home.

Associated Press
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