Wild Vs. Sabres: Minnesota Looks To Slow Down Surging Buffalo

PITTSBURGH PA - JANUARY 8: Nick Schultz #55 of the Minnesota Wild and Brent Burns #8 of the Minnesota Wild congratulate goaltender Jose Theodore #60 of the Minnesota Wild after Theodore posted a shutout in a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 8 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Wild look to extend winning streak while cooling off Sabres.

The Minnesota Wild put their two-game winning streak to the test on Saturday night when they face the Buffalo Sabres.

While the Wild remain mathematically alive in the Western Conference playoff race thanks to their recent wins, the Sabres are suddenly in the thick of a tight race for one of the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo is 6-2-2 in their last ten games, winning three in a row headed into their matchup with Minnesota which has them tied for eighth place with Washington and just two points behind seventh place Ottawa.

Minnesota hopes to build on their last two wins along with the return of captain Mikko Koivu who played in the Wild's 3-2 win over Calgary on Thursday after missing 15 games with a shoulder injury.

Right winger Jason Pominville leads Buffalo in both goals scored and assists while goaltender Ryan Miller earned the last three wins for the Sabres.

The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox Sports North.

For more on the Minnesota Wild, check out Hockey Wilderness. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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