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(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers will try to end their longest homestand of the season on a positive note as they welcome the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres to Philips Arena.

The Thrashers are just 2-3-0 on the current six-game residency and have dropped the last two outings on the stint. The leaders of the Southeast Division are 14-9-4 as the host club this year.

Atlanta's most recent setback came Saturday evening against the woeful Philadelphia Flyers. Dmitry Afanasenkov had a goal and an assist while Mike York tallied the game-winner, as Philadelphia ripped off four unanswered goals in the third period to topple the Thrashers, 5-2.

The Flyers, the team with the worst record in the NHL, are 3-0 against Atlanta this season.

The Sabres have struggled getting wins in recent weeks and will try to avoid a second straight loss tonight.

With 74 points, the Sabres have very little to be ashamed of this season, but the club has just two wins in its last six games. Both of those victories came against the Boston Bruins, basement dwellers in the Northeast Division.

The Sabres had a significant game Saturday evening in New Jersey, considering the Devils are second in the East standings. Jersey scraped out a signature 3-2 win over Buffalo and climbed within four points of the Sabres for the conference lead.

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