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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 7 6 5 2 11
K. Okposo 7 1 6 2 7
F. Nielsen 7 3 2 1 5
B. Nelson 7 1 4 -3 5
R. Strome 5 1 3 4 4
A. Quine 7 1 3 2 4
S. Prince 7 3 0 3 3
R. Pulock 4 1 2 -3 3
T. Hickey 7 1 2 -1 3
N. Leddy 7 0 3 3 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 2 0 .941 1.94
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