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Thursday, 10.26.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (3-3-2) vs. Buffalo (9-0-0)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSNY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders have a big test tonight as they take on the undefeated Buffalo Sabres at the Nassau Coliseum in their fifth game of their seven-game home stand.

On Saturday, the Islanders capped off Kids' Opening Night with an overtime win against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes. With 3:10 remaining in the third period, Mike Sillinger scored his fourth goal in four home games to tie the game at three before Tom Poti tallied the game-winner on the power play 23 seconds into overtime. With the win, the Islanders raised their record back to .500 and have now earned points in five consecutive games. Against Carolina, the Islanders tallied three power play goals on seven chances.

Alexei Yashin continued his productive play, assisting on all four Islanders goals. His seven power play assists is second in the NHL. Sillinger earned a goal and an assist while Poti had two assists along with the game-winner.

The Sabres come into tonight's game with the best record in the league at 9-0-0. They're one win away from tying an NHL record for wins at a start of the season achieved by the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs.

Buffalo is well balanced up front, possessing four players with double-digits in points: Maxim Afinogenov (14), Chris Drury (14), Tomas Vanek (13) and Daniel Briere (12). In goal, Ryan Miller has been perfect so far in his sophomore season sporting a 7-0-0 record along with a 2.49 GAA and a .915 SV%.

You can listen to the game on Bloomberg Radio 1130 with Chris King and Steve Mears. Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe have the call on FSNY.

Check your local listing to find FSNY in your area.


GAME NOTES:

STANDINGS
Islanders - 8 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division. Buffalo - 18 points, 1st place, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS
Islanders Jason Blake and Mike Sillinger, 4 goals; Alexei Yashin, 8 assists and 11 points; Brendan Witt, 28 PIM. Buffalo Chris Drury, 10 goals; Daniel Briere 10 assists; Drury and Maxim Afinogenov 14 points; Andrew Peters, 16 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Islanders - Power play: 19.6 percent. Penalty killing: 76.4 percent. Buffalo - Power play: 21.8 percent. Penalty killing: 89.3 percent.

GOALTENDERS
Islanders Rick DiPietro (1-3-, 4.11 GAA, .892 SV%); Mike Dunham (2-0-2, 2.20, .939). Buffalo Ryan Miller (7-0-0, 2.49, .915); Martin Biron (2-0-0, 2.50, .921).

2005-06 SEASON SERIES
Buffalo, 0-3-1.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS
Islanders 2-0-2 at home; Buffalo 5-0-0 on road.

ISLANDERS ACQUIRE ERIC BOGUNIECKI
The New York Islanders have acquired center Eric Boguniecki from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Ryan Caldwell. Boguniecki will report to the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate in Bridgeport.

The 31-year old Boguniecki has played 167 games over an NHL career with Florida, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. He has 32 goals and 44 assists for 76 points in 167 games. His best season was in 2002-03, when the 5-8, 195-pound center was 22-27-49 in 80 games with the Blues. Last season the New Haven. Conn. native had five goals and six assists in 36 games with the Penguins. This season he was scoreless in six games with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

CAMPOLI SENT TO BRIDGEPORT
The Islanders have reassigned second-year defenseman Chris Campoli to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL for conditioning. Campoli has been out of action since early October with a pulled groin.

Last season, Campoli appeared in 80 games for the Islanders and became the sixth Islanders rookie defenseman to record 30-or-more points in their first NHL season. His final totals were nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points and finished the year tied for sixth on the team in scoring and first among Islander rookies.

FACEOFF SPECIALIST
Mike Sillinger has been a faceoff specialist for his entire NHL career. The 16-year veteran has ranked in the top-15 among NHL faceoff leaders in each of the past five seasons and his currently fifth in the league and leads the Islanders with a 59.1 faceoff percentage. Sillinger has also played for an NHL record twelve franchises.

SATAN IS THE ISLANDERS IRONMAN
Islanders' sniper Miroslav Satan has increased his consecutive games played streak to 240 games. In 2003-04, Satan was one of three Islanders to play in all 82 games and has now appeared in every game over the last two seasons and the last 68 in 2002-03 (2002-03 to 2003-04 with the Buffalo Sabres).

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
77 Alexei Zhitnik

Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
16 Mike York
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


SABRES
Goaltenders

30 Ryan Miller
43 Martin Biron

Defensemen
5 Toni Lydman
6 Jaroslav Spacek 
10 Henrik Tallinder
27 Teppo Numminen 
38 Nathan Paetsch
45 Dmitri Kalinin
51 Brian Campbell

Forwards
9 Derek Roy
12 Ales Kotalik
13 Jiri Novotny
22 Adam Mair
23 Chris Drury
26 Thomas Vanek
28 Paul Gaustad
29 Jason Pominville
48 Daniel Briere
55 Jochen Hecht
61 Maxim Afinogenov
76 Andrew Peters 
 
 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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