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Monday, October 28th (All times Eastern)

Dallas Stars (4-5-1) at Buffalo Sabres (2-10-1), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Sabres welcome a familiar face back to Western New York, as Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars visit the First Niagara Center on Monday night.

Ruff served as head coach of the Sabres from 1997-2003, making him the longest tenured coach in franchise history. That run ended, however, when Ruff was fired on Feb. 20 of last season and replaced with Ron Rolston.

Ruff led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999 before bowing out to the Stars, the same franchise that hired him as head coach over the summer. So far, Dallas has been up and down under Ruff, posting a 4-5-1 record, but that is considerably better than Buffalo's 2-10-1 mark in 2013-14,

One of Ruff's former players in Buffalo won't be with the Sabres on Monday, as Buffalo traded star winger Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders on Sunday. The deal landed the Sabres forward Matt Moulson and two draft picks, a first- rounder in 2014 and a second-round selection in 2015.

The 29-year-old Vanek, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013-14 campaign, had four goals and five assists in 13 games for the Sabres this season. He has played all nine of his NHL seasons for the team since it drafted him No. 5 overall in 2003, scoring 254 goals with 243 assists in 598 games.

"I'd like to start by thanking Thomas Vanek for the contributions that he's made to our organization going back to his draft year, 2003 -- 10-plus years," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. "He's been an outstanding player, outstanding teammate, citizen. The organization and we wish him only the best going forward."

Moulson, also 29, has six goals and three assists in 11 games this season. He has 124 goals and 109 assists in 333 games for the Kings and Islanders in seven NHL seasons.

Ruff's Stars enter Monday having lost five of their last seven games and are coming off Saturday's shootout loss against the visiting Winnipeg Jets. Andrew Ladd tallied the only shootout goal as the Jets took a 2-1 decision at American Airlines Center.

Dallas' Jamie Benn started the shootout and skated wide right before coming back to the middle and hitting the post with a backhand shot. Olli Jokinen then tried to go five-hole on Kari Lehtonen but was denied.

Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec turned away Alex Chiasson's shot with his blocker on the Stars' second attempt. After Ladd put Winnipeg up with the forehand score, Ray Whitney skated in slowly but missed wide with his wrister to seal the win for the Jets.

Stephane Robidas netted his first goal of the season 6:36 into the third period to force overtime for the Stars. Lehtonen played well in defeat, stopping 37-of-38 shots faced, including six in the extra session.

"I didn't think we played a full 60 minutes," said Benn. "Kari (Lehtonen) gave us a chance to win that game and we didn't do our job."

Dallas is 1-4-0 on the road this season and the club has lost four straight as the guest since posting a victory at Winnipeg on Oct. 11. The Stars are on the road for two straight and will visit Montreal on Tuesday before hosting Colorado this Friday.

The Sabres, meanwhile, followed up their second win of the season, a 3-1 decision Friday at Florida, with a 3-2 regulation setback Saturday in Tampa. Martin St. Louis and Ondrej Palat scored less than two minutes apart late in the final period to boost the Lightning to the home win.

Vanek and Brian Flynn scored for the Sabres, while Ryan Miller made 36 saves in a losing effort.

Buffalo will try once again to win its first home game of the season tonight. The rebuilding Sabres are 0-6-1 at First Niagara Center in 2013-14 and have lost their last four home games in regulation.

The Sabres have dominated the Stars in recent years, taking six of the last seven encounters in this series. Dallas also is 0-5-1 with a tie in its last seven trips to Buffalo and hasn't won a regular season game in Western New York since Oct. 7, 1997.

Of course, the Stars did clinch their 1999 Stanley Cup title with a classic triple-overtime win in Game 6 at First Niagara Center, which was then known as Marine Midland Arena.

10/28 10:42:02 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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TOR 5
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