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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres

Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres
Islanders return home to begin a four-game home stand (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)
New York Islanders
2-2-1 (5 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
1-0-1 home
Buffalo Sabres
0-6-1 (1 point - 8th in Atlantic Division, 16th in Eastern Conference)
0-3-0 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
2012-13 season series (1-1-1)
The Islanders earned three points in three games against Buffalo last year, finishing the 2012-13 regular season with a 2-1 shootout loss. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21-of-22 shots, while Keith Aucoin scored the lone goal in regulation. Thomas Vanek was the only scorer in the three-round shootout. The Islanders and Sabres will meet three times overall this season, including the season finale for the second year in a row.
 
Apr. 26, 2013: BUF 2, NYI 1 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Sabres player to watch
Cody Hodgson - Center

The Sabres haven't had many bright spots this season, but Cody Hodgson's five points in seven games certainly qualify. The 10th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft put together a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists) and is skating more than 20 minutes a night. The 23-year-old has 82 points (36 goals, 46 assists) in 146 career games.

 
 
Islanders Storylines
• John Tavares has points in four straight games (three goals, three assists).
• Michael Grabner registered his fifth helper of the season on Oct. 11 at Chicago, matching his assist output from the 2012-13 season.
• Matt Carkner made his season debut Oct. 12 at Nashville, recording a plus-1 rating in 11:42 of ice time.
The Matchup
Islanders
20.0% (18th)
84.6 (9th)
16
13
2-2-1

  
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

     
Sabres
8.0% (27th)
87.0 (6th)
7
18
0-6-1
    
   
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey – 51 Frans Nielsen – 40 Michael Grabner
29 Brock Nelson – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
11 Lubomir Visnovsky – 14 Thomas Hickey
7 Matt Carkner - 37 Brian Strait

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Buffalo Sabres previous game lines
Forwards
82 Marcus Foligno - 63 Tyler Ennis - 21 Drew Stafford
26 Thomas Vanek - 9 Steve Ott - 19 Cody Hodgson
65 Brian Flynn - 25 Mikhail Grigorenko - 28 Zemgus Girgensons
22 Johan Larsson - 8 Cody McCormick - 12 Kevin Porter
 
 
Defensemen
20 Henrik Tallinder - 57 Tyler Myers
3 Mark Pysyk - 10 Christian Ehrhoff
4 Jamie McBain - 6 Mike Weber

Goaltenders
1 Jhonas Enroth
30 Ryan Miller
What's Happening at the Coliseum:

• Hockey Fights Cancer: Proceeds from pink cotton candy sales go to HFC campaign / $1 donation slips available on concourse
50/50 benefiting Smiles for Scott - Charity of the Game
Mercedes Benz of Massapequa Chuck-A-Puck
Islanders Children’s Foundation Day at Adventureland – purchase bracelets at Gate 2
 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
8 NYR 30 16 10 4 92 81 36
9 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
10 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28
16 CAR 32 9 19 4 68 91 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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