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

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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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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