Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres
|New York Islanders
2-2-1 (5 points – 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
0-6-1 (1 point - 8th in Atlantic Division, 16th in Eastern Conference)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
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.
• 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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
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
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
11 Lubomir Visnovsky – 14 Thomas Hickey
7 Matt Carkner - 37 Brian Strait
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Buffalo Sabres previous game lines
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
20 Henrik Tallinder - 57 Tyler Myers
3 Mark Pysyk - 10 Christian Ehrhoff
4 Jamie McBain - 6 Mike Weber
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