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Game Preview: Islanders at Sabres

The Islanders conclude their season in Buffalo.

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Sarah Holzberg
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Game Preview: Islanders at Sabres

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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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