Game Preview: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres 2/23/13

Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres 2\/23\/13
Isles finish three-game road trip Saturday night in Buffalo
New York Islanders
7-9-1 (15 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
5-3-1 road
Buffalo Sabres
6-11-1 (13 points - 5th in Northeast Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
3-6-0 home
7:00 p.m.
First Niagara Center
Buffalo, NY

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

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (0-1-0)
The Islanders lost the only matchup between the two teams so far this season 3-2 on Feb. 9. The Islanders outshot Buffalo 43-15 in that game, which also marked the season debuts of Josh Bailey and Lubomir Visnovsky. Colin McDonald scored his first goal as an Islander, and Brian Strait registered two assists.

Feb. 9, 2013: BUF 3, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Sabres player to watch
Jason Pominville - Right Wing
He has just one goal in his last eight games, but Jason Pominville ranks second on the Sabres in scoring with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 18 games. The Repentigny, QC native has played all 559 games of his NHL career in a Sabres uniform, posting 20-goal campaigns in each of his last six seasons.
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders’ 5-3-1 road record matches their second-best road record through nine games in the past 25 years
•Evgeni Nabokov posted an assist on Feb. 21 at Ottawa, tying his career high with three assists on the season
•Thomas Hickey joined Radek Martinek as the only players in Islanders history to score their first NHL goal in overtime
Matt Moulson posted his sixth multi-point game of the season on Feb. 21 at Ottawa (two goals)
The Matchup
Islanders
25.4% (18/71)
83.3 (50/60)
50
60
3-7-0

    

 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

  

Sabres
12.3% (8/65)
79.4% (58/73)
48
59
3-7-0
 
 
 
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 10 Keith Aucoin
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Marty Reasoner - 21 Kyle Okposo
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 52 Joe Finley

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
 
Buffalo Sabres projected lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek - 19 Cody Hodgson - 29 Jason Pominville
82 Marcus Foligno - 63 Tyler Ennis - 21 Drew Stafford
42 Nathan Gerbe - 9 Steve Ott - 55 Jochen Hecht
32 John Scott - 12 Kevin Porter - 36 Patrick Kaleta

Defensemen
10 Christian Ehrhoff - 52 Alexander Sulzer
24 Robyn Regehr - 57 Tyler Myers
6 Mike Weber - 33 TJ Brennen

Goaltenders
30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth


Quote of the Day

“It probably feels sweeter with time than if I would have gotten it a while ago,” Hickey said. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work, and there’s been a lot of doubt, but I stayed confident and I’m fortunate to have an opportunity to play here. To do it in this building is pretty special.”

Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey,
on his first NHL goal Thursday at Montreal

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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