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Monday, October 14th (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Wild (2-1-2) at Buffalo Sabres (0-5-1), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Wild will aim for a third consecutive victory when they visit the winless Buffalo Sabres for Monday's battle at First Niagara Center.

The Wild began the season with three straight losses (0-1-2) before posting recent home wins over Winnipeg and Dallas. Minnesota will try to stay hot on the road, as it opens a four-game trip Monday evening in Buffalo.

Minnesota's most recent victory came in Saturday's rout of the visiting Stars. Justin Fontaine sparked Minnesota with a goal 12 seconds into the contest and the Wild rolled to a 5-1 decision at Xcel Energy Center.

Matt Cooke netted the eventual game-winner midway through the first period, while Mathew Dumba, Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise all added goals in the triumph.

"What's most important to me is wins," Cooke said. "Tonight was a step in the right direction. That was our first, full 60-minute game."

Josh Harding stopped 18 shots to earn the win, and with regular No. 1 Niklas Backstrom still dealing with a strained knee, he could see his third straight start on Monday.

Minnesota forward Jason Pominville will make his return to Buffalo on Monday after he was traded by the Sabres to the Wild during last season. Pominville, who served as a captain for the Sabres from 2011-13, was a second-round draft pick by Buffalo in 2001 and had 456 points over 578 career games with the club.

"It'll be fun to go back, see the guys, play against guys you played with for a while," Pominville told NHL.com.

Pominville's former team has yet to pick up a win in 2013-14, as the Sabres enter Monday with an 0-5-1 record. Buffalo hasn't gone this far into a season without a win since opening the 1999-2000 season with five losses and two ties.

Buffalo's offense has been nothing short of anemic in the early going with the team managing a total of six goals in six games. The Sabres scored one goal in each of their last two games, both of which wound up being regulation losses for Buffalo.

The Sabres were downed 2-1 in Chicago on Saturday, as Buffalo native Patrick Kane's power-play goal late in the second period proved to be the difference for the Blackhawks.

Drew Stafford netted the lone Buffalo goal, while Ryan Miller allowed both goals on 40 shots for the Sabres.

"We're just going to have to keep doing what we're doing until we break through," Miller remarked.

The Sabres, who will visit the New York Islanders on Tuesday, are 0-2-1 on home ice this season.

A good sign for Buffalo on Monday is that it has won two straight and three of the last four meetings against the Wild. However, Minnesota has taken four of the past six encounters in Western New York.

10/14 10:48:10 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
 
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
8th
DET 4
ANA 1
 
8th
BOS 4
BAL 2
 
6th
KAN 5
MIN 4
 
5th
CHC 3
CIN 0
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
ATL
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
SEA
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
CWS
8:10pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
8:10pm Tonight
COL
PHI
8:40pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
1st
LAC 19
GSW 17
 
7:00pm Tonight
IND
ATL
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
1st Intermission
STL 2
CHI 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR