Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Friday, December 30th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 31st
Game 3: Wednesday, March 1st
Game 4: Monday, March 20th

Sabres 5

(32-15-3, 67 pts)

Jets 2

(23-24-6, 52 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 31, 2006

Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

1 2 3 T
BUF 1 2 25
WPG 2 0 02

A. Kotalik (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

J. Pominville (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

R. Miller (Sabres - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .946

Buffalo (31-15-3) at Atlanta (23-23-6) 7:00 pm EST

Buffalo (31-15-3) at Atlanta (23-23-6) 7:00 pm EST

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Thrashers suddenly are looking up at the playoff picture. But in order to get back there, they first have to put an end to their downward freefall.

When the Thrashers host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, they will be looking to snap their five-game losing streak and post their first victory in nearly two weeks.

Atlanta held the eighth playoff spot earlier this month but its recent skid has dropped the team two points behind Toronto for the Eastern Conference's final postseason berth.

The Thrashers' latest defeat came Saturday in a 4-1 setback at Carolina. Marc Savard scored the lone tally for Atlanta, a third-period power-play goal.

Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves but lost his fourth straight decision for the Thrashers, who have not dropped six straight since January 30-February 11, 2004.

Meanwhile, Buffalo is 3-2-0 on its season-high six-game homestand, which concludes Tuesday.

The Sabres are coming off an 8-4 triumph over Toronto on Thursday behind a pair of goals from rookie Thomas Vanek. Chris Drury and Jochen Hecht were among five players to collect a goal and an assist for Buffalo, which is one victory shy of its first three-game winning streak since a seven-game run from December 4-19.

Buffalo recorded a 4-1 home victory over Atlanta on December 30 behind 34 saves from Ryan Miller and a goal and an assist from Drury.