Series (Game 1 of 1)

Buffalo leads 1-0

Game 1: Monday, January 16th

Sabres 3

(29-13-3, 61 pts)

Oilers 1

(24-17-5, 53 pts)

9:00 PM ET, January 16, 2006

Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
BUF 1 0 23
EDM 1 0 01

R. Miller (Sabres - G): Saves: 22, Save Pct.: .957

M. Afinogenov (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. Hemsky (Oilers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Buffalo (28-13-3) at Edmonton (24-16-5) 9:00 pm EST

Buffalo (28-13-3) at Edmonton (24-16-5) 9:00 pm EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Heading off on a six-game road trip, the Buffalo Sabres hope to bring much of their sudden offensive firepower with them.

The Sabres begin their longest trek of the season Monday when they meet the Edmonton Oilers in their only encounter of the campaign.

Buffalo comes off its highest-scoring game in nearly 13 years - a 10-1 triumph over Los Angeles on Saturday. The win moved the Sabres within four points of first-place Ottawa in the Northeast Division.

Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville recorded their first career hat tricks and Chris Drury added a goal and three assists for Buffalo, which scored five times in the first 17 minutes.

Edmonton is in a tight race for the top spot in the Northwest Division. The Oilers are in fourth place, four points behind Calgary and two in back of Vancouver and Colorado.

Marc-Andre Bergeron scored two goals and added an assist for Edmonton, which lost for the third time in four games with Saturday's 5-3 defeat to the Senators. Goaltender Ty Conklin was pulled after surrendering four tallies on 16 shots in 32 minutes.

The teams have not met since October 16, 2003, when the Oilers recorded a 4-1 win over the Sabres. Edmonton has a 21-5-3 home mark against Buffalo.