Game Preview: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres
|New York Islanders
24-17-6 (54 points – 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
20-21-6 (46 points - 5th in Northeast Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
First Niagara Center
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.
•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.
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders previous game lines
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
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
7 Matt Carkner - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Buffalo Sabres previous game lines
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
10 Christian Ehrhoff - 44 Andrej Sekera
27 Adam Pardy - 53 Mark Pysyk
5 Chad Ruhwedel - 6 Mike Weber
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,