Los Angeles (22-15-6) at Buffalo (24-26-1)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Fri Feb 13, 2004
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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 Conference.

“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.

STANDINGS (through Feb. 11): Kings - 63 points, 3rd place, 5 PB, Pacific Division. Sabres - 54 points, 5th place, 18 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Kings - Alexander Frolov, 19 goals; Ziggy Palffy, 25 assists and 41 points; Sean Avery, 196 PIM. Sabres - Briere and Miroslav Satan, 18 goals; Chris Drury, 24 assists; Briere, 39 points; Andrew Peters, 107 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 11): Kings - Power play: 13.9 percent (34 for 245), 26th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.0 percent (200 for 250), 29th. Sabres - Power play: 15.1 percent (36 for 239), 21st. Penalty killing: 85.9 percent (207 for 241), 5th.

GOALTENDERS: Kings - Roman Cechmanek (18-14-6, 5 SO, 2.28 GAA); Cristobal Huet (4-6-7, 2, 2.60). Sabres - Biron (15-11-4, 2.45); Mika Noronen (9-13-1, 2, 2.23).

SEASON SERIES: Sabres, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 23; Sabres, 5-1. At Los Angeles, Taylor Pyatt scored twice and Curtis Brown had a goal and assist as the Sabres scored a pair of power-play goals and got two more while short-handed.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Kings - 12-7-5-5 on the road; Sabres - 14-10-3-1 at home.

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