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When, where: Tonight, 7, TD Banknorth Garden.
TV, radio: NESN, WBZ (1030).
Records: Buffalo is 5-5 (fifth in the Northeast Division with 10 points); Boston is 6-4 (fourth in the Northeast with 12 points).
Goals: Jason Pominville 5, Derek Roy 5, Jaroslav Spacek 4.
Assists: Tim Connolly 10, Brian Campbell 10, Pominville 5.
Goaltending: Ryan Miller (4-5-0, 3.11), Jocelyn Thibault (1-0-0, 3.69).
Head to head: This is the first of eight meetings. Boston was 3-3-0-2 against Buffalo last season.
Miscellany: Despite the departure of Chris Drury (37 goals) and Daniel Briere (32), Buffalo has come out firing, scoring 3.60 goals per game (third in the NHL). Last season, the Sabres led the league with 3.63 goals per game . . . Shifty winger Maxim Afinogenov has 4 points in 10 games . . . Spacek missed the last five games with a shoulder injury, but may return tonight . . . Defenseman Dmitri Kalinin is expected to miss a month after straining his knee eight days ago . . . Campbell leads NHL blue liners in points (11).

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