Buffalo (18-10-1) at Minnesota (11-13-4) 7:00 pm EST
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- If the Buffalo Sabres are to
continue their surge, they must find a way to score against one
of the league's stingiest defenses.
The Sabres go for their 11th win in 13 outings Sunday when they
battle the Minnesota Wild for the first time this season.
Rookie Thomas Vanek scored on a penalty shot in the third period
and Maxim Afinogenov added the game-winning goal as Buffalo
rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory over the Mighty Ducks of
Anaheim on Thursday.
The Sabres won for the fifth time in six overtime contests this
season and have just one regulation loss and a shootout defeat
in their previous dozen games. Six of their last eight wins
have been by one goal.
Despite losing five of six, Minnesota has yielded the fewest
goals in the Western Conference (68), trailing only Ottawa (57)
for the lowest mark in the league.
Minnesota's goaltending duo of Manny Fernandez and Dwayne
Roloson rank among the league leaders in save percentage (93.2)
and goals-against average (2.18).
Todd White scored his fifth goal and Nick Schultz added his
first for the Wild in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia
Minnesota won both meetings against Buffalo in 2003-04 to even
the all-time series at three games apiece.