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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres 2/9/13

Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres 2\/9\/13
Islanders return to Coliseum for only home matchup of the season against Buffalo
New York Islanders
4-5-1 (9 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
1-3-0 home
Buffalo Sabres
4-6-1 (9 points – 5th in Northeast Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
2-4-0 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Television: MSG+
Howie Rose: Play-by-play, Butch Goring: Color

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2011-12)
The Islanders went 2-1-1 against the Sabres last season, taking five of a possible eight points. The Sabres won the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 21 by a 2-1 margin behind goals by Tyler Myers and Thomas Vanek. Frans Nielsen scored the lone Islanders goal, and Matt Martin dropped the gloves with Buffalo's Mike Weber. The Islanders and Sabres will meet twice more this season, with both contests coming on the road.

Feb. 21, 2012: BUF 2, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Sabres player to watch
Thomas Vanek - Left Wing
The Sabres left wing has posted 25 goals or more in each of his seven seasons in the league, and despite the shortened season, is on track to do it again. He leads the league in goals (10) and points (21), and is tied for fourth in assists (11). Vanek has found the score sheet in 9-of-10 games this season, including five-point efforts on Jan. 20 vs. Philadelphia and Jan. 31 at Boston.

 
 
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders rank third in the East (fifth overall) on the penalty kill at 87.9% (29/33)
•John Tavares has been on ice for 64 consecutive Matt Moulson goals, earning assists on 42 of them, dating back to November 17, 2010 against Tampa Bay.
•John Tavares ranks second among NHL forwards with 21:52 of ice time per game
The Isles are 4-0-1 when scoring at least four goals and 0-5-0 when scoring two or less (The Isles have not scored exactly three goals in any game so far this season).
The Matchup
Islanders
20.9 (9/43)
87.9 (29/33)
30
34
4-5-1
 

  

 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 



Sabres
16.3% (7/43)
77.8 (35/45)
35
41
3-6-1
 
 
 

New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin - 16 Marty Reasoner - 53 Casey Cizikas

Defensemen
37 Brian Strait - 2 Mark Streit
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Buffalo Sabres projected lines
Forwards
82 Marcus Foligno - 63 Tyler Ennis - 21 Drew Stafford
26 Thomas Vanek - 19 Cody Hodgson - 29 Jason Pominville
55 Jochen Hecht - 9 Steve Ott - 25 Mikhail Grigorenko
32 John Scott - 8 Cody McCormick - 42 Nathan Gerbe

Defensemen
3 Jordan Leopold - 10 Christian Ehrhoff
6 Mike Weber - 57 Tyler Myers
33 TJ Brennan - 52 Alexander Sulzer

Goaltenders
30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth
What's Happening At The Coliseum

Doors at 5:45pm
Lower lobby opens at 5pm
Team Store offer: purchase $100 and receive NYI fleece OR $150 and receive 2 tickets to an upcoming select game
50/50 raffle
Chuck-a-puck
Sandy Hook Auction

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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