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 - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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