Vancouver is playing for the third time in four nights and is coming off a 4-4 tie against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednedsay.
All-Star Markus Naslund had a pair of assists at Columbus as Vancouver moved to 16-7-3-0 on the road this season and 2-0-3 in its last five contests.
Naslund leads the NHL with 35 goals and his 68 points are one behind Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux for the league lead. Naslund’s linemate Todd Bertuzzi extended his points streak to nine games Wednesday with his 29th goal. Bertuzzi needs seven goals to match his career high, which was set last season.
Buffalo is 0-2-0-2 following a season-high seven-game unbeaten skein (5-0-2).
Right wing Vaclav Varada (knee), center Chris Gratton (concussion) and defenseman Rhett Warrener (foot) all missed Tuesday’s game. All three could return Friday.
The teams skated to a 1-1 tie in Vancouver on October. In the last meeting here, Varada scored twice and Martin Biron made half of his 26 saves in the third period as the Sabres edged the Canucks, 3-2, on January 8, 2002.
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