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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres
Islanders wrap up the regular season Friday at Buffalo
New York Islanders
24-17-6 (54 points – 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
14-6-3 road
Buffalo Sabres
20-21-6 (46 points - 5th in Northeast Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
10-10-3 home
7:00 p.m.
First Niagara Center
Buffalo, NY
 
 
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-1-0)
The Islanders and Sabres have split the season series, with the visiting team winning each contest. In the last meeting, Evgeni Nabokov turned aside all 35 shots for his 53rd career shutout as the Islanders cruised to a 4-0 victory. The game was scoreless until Mark Streit's goal in the 38th minute. After that, Michael Grabner, John Tavares and Colin McDonald provided insurance markers, while Matt Moulson added a pair of assists.

Feb. 23, 2013: NYI 4, BUF 0 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Sabres player to watch
Cody Hodgson - Center

Cody Hodgson is enjoying a breakout 2012-13 campaign, one in which he set career-highs in assists (19) and points (34). His 15 goals are one shy of his personal best. The 10th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft has logged heavy minutes all season, and posted two helpers in the Sabres' 4-2 win at Pittsburgh Tursday.
 

Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders have earned a point in all but one game during April (8-1-3).
•Andrew MacDonald ranks fourth in the league with 121 blocked shots.
•Matt Martin leads the NHL with 229 hits.
The Islanders clinched a playoff berth Tuesday. They can finish anywhere between 6th and 8th in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Matchup
Islanders
20.4% (31/152)
79.9% (111/139)
138
137
6-1-3
 
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

       
  
Sabres
14.4% (23/160)
78.7% (137/174)
123
142
6-4-0
  
 
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards

26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
36 Eric Boulton - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
7 Matt Carkner - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Buffalo Sabres previous game lines
Forwards
65 Brian Flynn - 12 Kevin Porter - 63 Tyler Ennis
26 Thomas Vanek - 19 Cody Hodgson - 21 Drew Stafford
55 Jochen Hecht - 9 Steve Ott - 25 Mikhail Grigorenko
82 Marcus Foligno - 42 Nathan Gerbe - 32 John Scott

Defensemen
10 Christian Ehrhoff - 44 Andrej Sekera
27 Adam Pardy - 53 Mark Pysyk
5 Chad Ruhwedel - 6 Mike Weber

Goaltenders
30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth

 
Quote of the Day

"We need to be better. We clinched a playoff spot already, but that doesn’t mean anything. We want to be going into the playoffs playing good hockey. We’ve got one game left to correct it and head into the playoffs with a good feeling."

Left wing Matt Martin,
following Thursday's game at Philadelphia

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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