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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 MTL 21 15 5 1 59 52 31
2 TBL 21 13 6 2 75 59 28
3 PIT 17 13 3 1 64 35 27
4 DET 19 10 4 5 54 45 25
5 NYI 18 12 6 0 59 52 24
6 BOS 20 12 8 0 53 49 24
7 OTT 18 9 5 4 50 47 22
8 TOR 20 10 8 2 63 62 22
9 WSH 19 9 7 3 55 52 21
10 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
11 FLA 17 7 5 5 38 44 19
12 NJD 19 8 9 2 47 56 18
13 PHI 18 7 9 2 53 58 16
14 CAR 19 6 10 3 45 58 15
15 CBJ 18 6 11 1 44 64 13
16 BUF 20 5 13 2 34 69 12

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Nelson 18 9 9 5 18
J. Tavares 18 7 11 -2 18
K. Okposo 18 5 13 0 18
F. Nielsen 18 5 7 5 12
R. Strome 18 3 9 6 12
J. Boychuk 17 2 10 5 12
M. Grabovski 15 4 5 5 9
N. Kulemin 18 3 6 2 9
N. Leddy 18 4 4 7 8
J. Bailey 10 3 3 3 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 8 4 0 .914 2.54
C. Johnson 4 2 0 .878 3.27

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