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

Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 21 15 5 1 59 52 31
2 TBL 21 13 6 2 75 59 28
3 PIT 17 13 3 1 64 35 27
4 DET 19 10 4 5 54 45 25
5 NYI 18 12 6 0 59 52 24
6 BOS 20 12 8 0 53 49 24
7 OTT 18 9 5 4 50 47 22
8 TOR 20 10 8 2 63 62 22
9 WSH 19 9 7 3 55 52 21
10 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
11 FLA 17 7 5 5 38 44 19
12 NJD 19 8 9 2 47 56 18
13 PHI 18 7 9 2 53 58 16
14 CAR 19 6 10 3 45 58 15
15 CBJ 18 6 11 1 44 64 13
16 BUF 20 5 13 2 34 69 12

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Nelson 18 9 9 5 18
J. Tavares 18 7 11 -2 18
K. Okposo 18 5 13 0 18
F. Nielsen 18 5 7 5 12
R. Strome 18 3 9 6 12
J. Boychuk 17 2 10 5 12
M. Grabovski 15 4 5 5 9
N. Kulemin 18 3 6 2 9
N. Leddy 18 4 4 7 8
J. Bailey 10 3 3 3 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 8 4 0 .914 2.54
C. Johnson 4 2 0 .878 3.27

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