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Colorado Avalanche (35-9-4, first in Central) vs. Buffalo Sabers (16-25-8, seventh in Atlantic)

Buffalo, New York; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Colorado visits Buffalo after the Avalanche shut out Vegas 2-0. Darcy Kuemper earned the win in net for Colorado after recording 29 saves.

The Sabers are 8-13-4 at home. Buffalo allowed 32 power-play goals, killing 76.1% of opposition chances.

The Avalanche are 14-6-2 in road games. Colorado leads the Western Conference with 42 power-play goals, led by Mikko Rantanen with 11.

When they last met on Jan. 30, Colorado won 4-1.

BEST PERFORMERS: Jeff Skinner leads the Sabers with 34 points, scoring 20 goals and 14 assists. Alex Tuch has 12 points in Buffalo’s last 10 games.

Rantanen leads the Avalanche with 25 goals and 56 points. Gabriel Landeskog has nine goals and three assists in Colorado’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Sabers: 4-5-1, averaged 3.1 goals, 5.1 assists, 4.1 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while allowing 3.4 goals per game with save percentage of 0.903.

Avalanche: 8-1-1, averaged 3.1 goals, 5.3 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.6 penalty minutes while allowing 1.7 goals per game with a .942 save percentage.

INJURIES: Sabers: Casey Mittelstadt: out (upper body), Zemgus Girgensons: out (undisclosed), Jack Quinn: out (lower body).

Avalanche: Bowen Byram: out (staff).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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