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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Sabres

The Islanders battle their upstate rivals Saturday night at the Coliseum.

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Sabres
The Islanders battle their upstate rivals Saturday night at the Coliseum. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
25-34-9 (59 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
9-17-8 home
Buffalo Sabres
19-39-8 (46 points - 8th in Atlantic Division, 16th in Eastern Conference)
7-20-3 road
7:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
Tonight's game is presented by Buttafuoco and Associates

Television:
MSG PLUS
Play-by-play:
Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
• Clean Game: Matt Donovan's third period tripping penalty was the only infraction whistled in Friday's game between the Islanders and Sharks.
Debut: Johan Sundstrom made his NHL debut Friday night, playing 10:28 and recording one shot on goal.
Plus, Plus, Plus: The Islanders top line (Lee-Nielsen-Okposo) each recorded a +2 rating on Friday.
Shots: The Islanders have outshot their opponent in each of the past four games (126-102 total).
Sabres Storylines
• Drew Stafford:
The eighth-year Sabre is now the longest-tenured player in Buffalo.
Cory Conacher: After being claimed off waivers from the Ottawa Senators last week, Conacher has recorded two assists. Conacher played his college hockey at Canisius College in Buffalo.
Michal Neuvirth: Record a career-high 51 saves in Thursday's 4-2 defeat in Carolina. He has a .949 SV% in two games with Buffalo.
Islanders player to watch
Anders Lee - Forward

Anders Lee continued the hot start his NHL career, tallying two points (one goal, one assists) in Friday's game against San Jose. The Notre Dame product now has hit the scoresheet in four-of-five games and has nine points (six goals, three assists) in eight games this season. Lee skated on the Islanders top line against the Sharks.
Sabres player to watch
Tyler Ennis - Forward

Tyler Ennis leads the Sabres with 17 goals and is closing in on his second 20-goal campaign of his five-year career. The small [5’9], but speedy forward is tied with Cody Hodgson for the team lead in scoring with 35 points. Ennis is currently riding a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) and had a goal against the Islanders earlier this season.
2013-14 season series (0-0-1)

The Islanders lost their lone meeting with the Sabres 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 15, 2013. The Islanders held a 3-2 lead late in the contest, but allowed the tying goal with 2:01 to play. Tyler Ennis scored the shootout-decider. 

LAST GAME: 
Oct. 15, 2013: BUF 4, NYI 3 SO - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.7% (20th)
77.1% (29th)
191
232
3-6-1


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Sabres
14.3% (27th)
82.0% (15th)
131
196
4-6-0
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin
– 
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
28 Johan Sundstrom – 53 Casey Cizikas – 43 Mike Halmo

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
37 Brian Strait 46 Matt Donovan
  
 Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
45 Anders Nilsson
Buffalo Sabres previous game lines
Forwards
88 Cory Conacher – 63 Tyler Ennis – 221 Drew Stafford
82 Marcus Foligno – 19 Cody Hodgson – 27 Matt D’Agostini
44 Nicolas Deslauriers – 65 Brian Flynn – 23 Ville Leino
32 John Scott – 24 Zenon Konopka – 37 Matt Ellis

Defenseman:
57 Tyler Myers – 10 Christian Ehrhoff
52 Alexander Sulzer – 20 Henrik Tallinder
5 Jamie McBain – 6 Mike Weber

Goaltenders:
1 Jhonas Enroth
34 Michal Neuvirth

What's Happening at the Coliseum:
•  Lower Lobby 5pm
•  Doors Open 5:45pm
•  American Red Cross Blood Drive (9am – 3pm)
•  Charity of the Game – Knights of Columbus
•  Mercedes Chuck a Puck
•  St. Patrick’s Warm Up Jersey’s
• Tonight's game is presented by Buttafuoco and Associates

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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