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Tuesday, November 5th (All times Eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (2-13-1) at San Jose Sharks (10-1-3), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Still looking for their first victory at home this season, the pressure has to be mounting for the Buffalo Sabres.

Their upcoming three-game road trip out west could do the Sabres some good and they begin the trek looking for a fifth consecutive victory over the San Jose Sharks.

The Sabres have managed just one point in nine home games this season, falling to 0-8-1 in Buffalo following Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Cody Hodgson gave the Sabres a lead following a scoreless first period, but the Ducks netted the next five tallies to seize control.

Henrik Tallinder and Tyler Myers also scored in the loss, Buffalo's fourth straight and seventh in eight games overall, while Jhonas Enroth allowed all six goals on 29 shots faced.

"It isn't so much looking at a specific guy or a specific play. We have to figure out the areas that will give us more possession time and more time in the offensive zone," said Myers.

Buffalo is 2-5-0 as the guest this season and has not lost to San Jose since Jan. 23, 2010. The Sabres have won each of the past four meetings, including two in San Jose.

The Sabres came away with a 1-0 road win on March 1, 2012 in the most recent encounter thanks to a 39-save shutout by Ryan Miller.

Miller is 6-1-0 with a tie, two shutouts and a 1.97 goals against average in his career versus the Sharks.

Buffalo makes the trip out west without rugged winger Patrick Kaleta, who was placed on waivers Saturday after wrapping his 10-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Columbus' Jack Johnson on Oct. 10. Kaleta cleared waivers and was assigned to Rochester of the American Hockey League, where general manager Darcy Regier hopes the forward can adjust his game.

"This was a move we thought was necessary to help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this league," Regier said over the weekend. "We believe in Pat as a person and we hope he will continue his career in our organization and, if the circumstances are right, with the Buffalo Sabres."

Buffalo is also without forward John Scott, who is in the midst of a seven- game ban for an illegal hit to Boston's Loui Eriksson on Oct. 23.

Though the Sabres have had recent success over the Sharks, they visit a San Jose team that has lost just once in regulation this season (10-1-3) and is 5-0-1 at home.

That setback came on Saturday, when visiting Phoenix managed a 3-2 shootout win over San Jose.

The Sharks have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, though each of the two setbacks have come past regulation.

Antti Niemi made 28 saves, including all seven he faced in overtime. San Jose had racked up 50 shots through regulation before failing to manage one in the bonus frame.

Logan Couture failed to log a point despite 10 shots on net, while Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle had goals.

Boyle was playing in his first game since missing seven in a row following a concussion suffered on Oct. 15 when he was driven face-first into the boards. Despite the goal, the defenseman noted he is not yet up to full speed.

"I expect a lot out of myself. I had to be realistic too. I knew I was not (going to be) as good as I want to be and I think that's what happened. I definitely didn't feel like my normal self out there, but that is to be expected. I'll definitely get better in a hurry," said Boyle.

"I was half a second behind in my skating. I wasn't skating as well as I'd like and some of my decision making was a half-second slow. Like I said, it was a start."

Niemi is likely to get the start tonight and will try to beat the Sabres for the first time. He has lost both of his previous outings against them, giving up six goals on 55 shots.

11/05 10:57:07 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
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WAS 3
STL 4
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CLE 0
TOR 5
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DET 5
ANA 2
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BOS 4
BAL 2
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KAN 5
MIN 4
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CHC 8
CIN 4
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HOU 3
 
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TOR 87
BRK 94
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LAC 105
GSW 109
 
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STL 4
CHI 3
 
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