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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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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