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Game Preview: Islanders at Sabres

The Islanders conclude their season in Buffalo.

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Sarah Holzberg
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Game Preview: Islanders at Sabres
The Islanders conclude their season in Buffalo. (5:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
33-37-11 (77 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
20-18-2 road
Buffalo Sabres
21-51-9 (51 points - 8th in Atlantic Division, 16th in Eastern Conference)
13-21-6 home
5:00  p.m.
First Niagara Center
Buffalo, NY

Television:
MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Jiggs McDonald
; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
• Season Finale: The Islanders wrap up the 2013-14 season in Buffalo. 
Road Islanders: The Islanders have 17 wins in their last 25 road games. The Isles have 20 road wins this season, the eighth time in franchise history.
• Ironman: Thomas Hickey is expected to play his 82nd game this season, becoming the only Islander to play every game this season. Hickey has been a reliable defensive presence on the Isles blue line. 
Sabres Storylines
• Season Finale:
The Sabres wrap up the 2013-14 season against the Islanders. 
Goalie Carousel: The Sabres have dressed nine different goaltenders this season.
• Team Leaders:
Cody Hodgson leads the Sabres with 44 points, Tyler Ennis leads the team with 21 goals and Christian Ehrhoff leads the team with 27 assists.
Nolan: The Sabres have removed the interim title from head coach Ted Nolan and extended his contract.
Islanders player to watch
Anders Lee - Forward

Anders Lee has been an offensive asset since his call up in February, scoring 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 21 games. Lee is currently playing on the Islanders top line with Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey and scored his seventh goal of the season Friday night against the New Jersey Devils. The Edina, MN, native has one assist against the Sabres this season.
Sabres player to watch
Drew Stafford - Forward

Drew Strafford is third in Sabres scoring with 34 points (16G/18A) in 69 games. The 1st-round pick in the 2004 NHL draft has been with the Sabres throughout his eight-year career. Strafford has collected two points this against the Islanders this season, picking up an assist in both meetings. Strafford has three points (one goal, two assists) in his last three games.
2013-14 season series (1-0-1)

The Islanders and Sabres split the season series with one win apiece. The Islanders defeated the Sabres 4-1 at Nassau Coliseum in their most recent meeting on Mar. 15. Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Ryan Strome, and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Islanders.

LAST GAME: 
Mar. 15, 2014: NYI 4, BUF 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
17.5% (18th)
78.0% (29th)
221
264
6-2-2

 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   
 
Sabres
14.2% (29th)
81.6% (19th)
154
244
1-8-1
       
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
56 John Persson 29 Brock Nelson – 18 Ryan Strome
17 Matt Martin
– 
53 Casey Cizikas 13 Colin McDonald
43 Mike Halmo 59 Brett Gallant 49 Justin Johnson

Defensemen

14 Thomas Hickey 3 Travis Hamonic
46 Matt Donovan 7 Matt Carkner
24 Kevin Czuczman 42 Scott Mayfield
  
Goaltenders
45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Buffalo Sabres previous game lines
Forwards
27 Matt D’Agostini – 63 Tyler Ennis – 21 Drew Strafford
19 Cody Hodgson – 28 Zemgus Girgensons – 80 Chris Stewart
82 Marcus Foligno – 65 Brian Flynn – 17 Torrey Mitchell
32 John Scott – 37 Matt Ellis – 88 Cory Conacher

Defensemen
10 Christian Ehrhoff – 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
20 Henirk Tallinder – 6 Mike Weber
29 Jake McCabe – 4 Jamie McBain

Goaltenders
31 Matt Hackett
49 Connor Knapp

Quote of the Day:
Jack Capuano on the Isles shootout winners
In a shootout guys use their skill. After we watched Steven Stamkos beat us down in Tampa, guys practiced [the spin-o-rama] in practice.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

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