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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres
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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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