The Buffalo Sabres
' bid for a four-game winning streak kicks off what promises to be an exciting five-game NHL schedule on Wednesday night.
The Sabres, who sit atop the Northeast Division at 12-4-1, get things going at 7 p.m. ET when they host the Florida Panthers
at HSBC Arena. Behind the solid play of goaltender Tomas Vokoun
, the Panthers (7-9-2) bounced back after a slow start. They're 2-0-1 in their last three games -- all of which have gone to shootouts.
Buffalo won't be the only team looking to make it four in a row on Wednesday. The Detroit Red Wings
will also try to accomplish the feat as they host the Dallas Stars
at Joe Louis Arena at 7:30 p.m. ET (NHL Network-U.S.) A victory would give Detroit (10-5-3) sole possession of second place in the Central Division and would pull the Wings within a point of first-place Chicago.
The Minnesota Wild
will try to get back on the winning track at 8 p.m. ET, when they'll take on the Phoenix Coyotes
at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota, which currently resides in the basement of the Northwest Division, dropped a 5-4 shootout decision at Carolina on Sunday afternoon, while the injury-plagued Coyotes (11-9-0) lost 4-1 at home to Tampa Bay on Monday night.
A Northwest Division showdown will take place at 9 p.m. ET, as the Edmonton Oilers
host the Colorado Avalanche
at Rexall Place (TSN-Canada). It will be Colorado's second game in Alberta in as many nights; the Avs won 3-2 at Calgary on Tuesday.
In the final game of the night, the Los Angeles Kings
return home to face the Philadelphia Flyers
at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET). L.A. completed a successful five-game road trip on Monday with a shootout victory at Florida, while Philadelphia ended the New Jersey Devils
' eight-game winning streak at the Wachovia Center before heading West.