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Wild try to end slide against Sabres

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Wild are looking to snap their longest losing streak of the season, but to do so they'll have to beat the Buffalo Sabres for just the second time on home ice.

The Wild try to end their six-game slide on Thursday night versus the Sabres and get their struggling offense going in the process.

Minnesota has followed up a winless four-game road trip by dropping the first two contests of a four-game stay at home. Its six-game slide is the longest for the franchise since an 0-5-2 drought from Feb. 4-18, 2012.

The Wild dropped a 2-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, the first time on their losing streak that they allowed fewer than four goals. However, it was also the third time on the slide that they were held to a single goal.

And that goal didn't come until Ryan Suter scored with 8.3 seconds to play in the game. Josh Harding made 21 saves in the loss.

"There were a lot of things that were much better tonight, but we're not in a position where we can feel good about those things," said Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo. "We'll build off them, look at them, but there's still other things that we're not doing well enough to win hockey games."

Suter has scored in back-to-back games, his first two goals of the season, and has notched a point in nine of his last 10 games. He was named to the U.S. Olympic team on Wednesday along with injured teammate and forward Zach Parise (lower body).

Harding is 3-1-0 with a 1.50 goals against average in four career starts versus the Sabres, including a 22-save performance in a 2-1 victory at Buffalo on Oct. 14.

Jason Pominville scored in his return to Buffalo as the Wild beat the Sabres for the first time in the last three matchups.

However, the Sabres are 5-1-0 all-time in Minnesota.

Jhonas Enroth made 18 saves in the loss to the Wild and gave No. 1 netminder Ryan Miller another breather on Tuesday. He made 23 saves, but was on the wrong end of a 3-0 setback.

Al Montoya made 27 saves for the Jets. The Sabres appeared to get one by him with just over five minutes to play in the first period, but it was ruled that Drew Stafford had dislodged the net just before Marcus Foligno's shot crossed the goal line.

"It's just unfortunate that we couldn't find a way to get one in ... It's a close call I guess, I mean, it's tough when it doesn't go your way but we had some good tips that were close but just weren't enough to get in," said Stafford.

Buffalo, which failed to earn a point for the first time in four games (2-1-1), lost forward Ville Leino to a lower-body injury during the game and he won't play tonight.

The Sabres recalled defenseman Brayden McNabb and forward Johan Larsson from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Wednesday while also placing forward Cody Hodgson on injured reserve due to an upper-body injury. Hodgson has missed the last four games.

Miller, named to the U.S. Olympic team on Wednesday, is likely to get the start and is 3-1-0 with a 2.10 GAA and one shutout in four career matchups with the Wild.

01/02 10:56:04 ET

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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
 
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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
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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