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Monday, 01.01.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders (19-15-3) at Buffalo (28-7-3)

(4:00 p.m. ET, TV: VERSUS | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) It's 2007, and the Islanders start the New Year by matching up against the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres at the HSBC Arena. The game will be nationally televised on Versus.

With the Rangers off today, the Islanders can leap-frog them in the standings with a win. With 41 points, the Islanders are currently tied for eighth in the conference with the Boston Bruins.

Allan Rourke made his season debut with the Islanders on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. He replaced Radek Martinek, who went down with a foot injury. Rourke appeared in six games for the Islanders last season.

In order to halt their two game skid, the Islanders will have to knock off the Sabres, who have one of the best home records in the NHL, going 13-4-2 at the HSBC Arena. The only previous meeting between these two teams came in October, when Buffalo extended their season opening winning streak to ten by defeating the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum.

From day one, the Sabres have been atop the Eastern Conference standings. They opened the season with ten consecutive wins, and haven't looked back. Their 59 points is seven better than second-place Atlanta.

The Sabres have used a balanced attack up front, steady defense from the blueline, and solid goaltending from Ryan Miller to reach their record of 28-7-3.

Offensively, Buffalo has nine players with at least 20 points. Daniel Briere leads the way with 46, while sophomore standout, Thomas Vanek, paces the team in goals with 22. Vanek is also second in the league with a plus/minus rating of +23. Defenseman Brian Campbell is having the best season of his career, leading the Sabres defense with 25 points.

In their most recent game, the Sabres extended their eastern conference lead by defeating Atlanta 4-1. Miller made 29 saves for the victory while Vanek had two goals, and Briere added a goal and an assist. The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their past ten games, and have won three in a row.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130.

 

BELOW ARE CHANNEL LISTINGS FOR VERSUS ON LONG ISLAND
CABLEVISION

VERSUS: 408

VERIZON FiOS
VERSUS: 306

DirecTV:
VERSUS: 608

DISH NETWORK:
VERSUS: 151


GAME NOTES:
STANDINGS:

Islanders - 41 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Buffalo - 59 points, 1st place, Northeast Division

TEAM LEADERS:
Islanders
Jason Blake, 21 goals and 38 points; Alexei Yashin, 22 assists; Brendan Witt, 74 PIM
Buffalo Thomas Vanek, 22 goals; Daniel Briere, 31 assists, 46 points; Adam Mair, 60 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 16.4 percent. Penalty killing: 79.9 percent
Buffalo - Power play: 16.8 percent. Penalty killing: 83.7 percent.

GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (16-12-1, 2.60 GAA, .919 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-3-2, 2.83, .916) Buffalo Ryan Miller (20-5-2, 2.60, .917); Martin Biron (8-2-1, 3.02, .895).

2006-07 SEASON SERIES:
Buffalo
, 1-0-0.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS:
Buffalo
13-4-2 at home
Islanders 8-8-1 on the road.

 

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
32 Brendan Witt
38 Allan Rourke
44 Freddy Meyer

Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
27 Randy Robitaille
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
21 Drew Stafford
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 MTL 20 14 5 1 55 51 29
2 TBL 20 13 5 2 73 54 28
3 PIT 17 13 3 1 64 35 27
4 NYI 18 12 6 0 59 52 24
5 BOS 20 12 8 0 53 49 24
6 DET 18 9 4 5 50 42 23
7 OTT 17 8 5 4 47 45 20
8 TOR 19 9 8 2 58 60 20
9 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
10 WSH 18 8 7 3 52 50 19
11 NJD 19 8 9 2 47 56 18
12 FLA 16 6 5 5 35 42 17
13 PHI 17 7 8 2 51 55 16
14 CAR 18 6 9 3 43 55 15
15 CBJ 18 6 11 1 44 64 13
16 BUF 20 5 13 2 34 69 12

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Nelson 18 9 9 5 18
J. Tavares 18 7 11 -2 18
K. Okposo 18 5 13 0 18
F. Nielsen 18 5 7 5 12
R. Strome 18 3 9 6 12
J. Boychuk 17 2 10 5 12
M. Grabovski 15 4 5 5 9
N. Kulemin 18 3 6 2 9
N. Leddy 18 4 4 7 8
J. Bailey 10 3 3 3 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 8 4 0 .914 2.54
C. Johnson 4 2 0 .878 3.27

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