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Dec 27, 2014
7:00 PM ET
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7:00 PM ET
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Islanders resume schedule in Buffalo against Sabres

Friday, 12.26.2014 / 9:56 PM

John Kreiser - Managing Editor

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Islanders resume schedule in Buffalo against Sabres
New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres

ISLANDERS (23-11-0) at SABRES (13-19-3)


Season series: The New York Islanders won two of three games against the Buffalo Sabres last season, including a season-ending 4-3 shootout victory on April 13 at First Niagara Center in which Brock Nelson had the game-tying goal late in the third period and the deciding goal in the tiebreaker.

Islanders team scope: The Islanders resume play after the Christmas break in second place in the Metropolitan Division despite a 3-1 home loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Backup goaltender Chad Johnson made 18 saves in his first start in two weeks; starter Jaroslav Halak was given what coach Jack Capuano called "another maintenance day" and didn't even dress; New York called up Kevin Poulin on an emergency basis to back up Johnson. Poulin was returned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League in time to play Friday, indicating that Halak may be able to dress, if not play, in Buffalo. Nelson's tying goal on the final day of the 2013-14 season was his 14th; he's matched that total in 34 games this season, and his 27 points are one more than he had in '13-14.

Sabres team scope: Buffalo had a chance to end its pre-Christmas schedule on a high note, but the Sabres couldn't hold a 3-1 second-period lead and lost 6-3 at the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, extending their losing streak to four games after a stretch in which they won 10 of 13. The Sabres were missing eight regulars in that game because of injury or illness and recalled five players from Rochester of the American Hockey League to fill the holes in the lineup. Four of those players were sent back to Rochester on Wednesday but could be recalled if needed. The Sabres are still last in the NHL with 65 non-shootout goals in 35 games (1.87 per game).

Team Stats

2014-2015 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 04 '15 7:00 PM ET at Islanders
Feb 08 '15 5:00 PM ET at Sabres
Dec 27 '14 7:00 PM ET at Sabres
J. Tavares34131629-51662
K. Okposo3482129-4830
B. Nelson34141327+61281
R. Strome3461521+122401
F. Nielsen3461117-1412
N. Leddy3451015+81001
J. Boychuk2421214+61020
N. Kulemin346713-21500
M. Grabovski315712+3201
T. Hickey332911+31201
A. Lee287310+31513
J. Bailey235510+4401
L. Visnovsky242810+5201
C. Cizikas30459+41001
C. Clutterbuck32448+53202
T. Hamonic24347+05210
M. Martin34426+14500
C. de Haan30066-21000
C. Conacher15123-31400
M. Donovan8033+5000
M. Grabner5202-3200
B. Strait19022-81600
G. Reinhart8011+1600
E. Boulton4000+0200
C. McDonald2000+0000
J. Halak2418-6-0546642.24.919
C. Johnson115-5-0372793.54.867
T. Ennis3581523-82731
Z. Girgensons359918+21500
D. Stafford3251217-143121
M. Moulson327815-7212
B. Gionta344711-6601
B. Flynn264610+0400
N. Deslauriers353710-33901
M. Foligno28549-64300
C. Stewart34448-153200
T. Myers32178-43700
R. Ristolainen35347-181420
T. Mitchell31336-61601
C. Hodgson34246-15600
A. Meszaros23145-82200
N. Zadorov24224-33711
A. Benoit25134-41200
M. Weber26044-53900
J. Gorges26044-101000
T. Strachan18044-92600
C. McCormick25033-73200
J. Larsson7112-1400
T. Schaller4101+0000
P. Kaleta13011-11400
S. Reinhart9011-1200
M. Grigorenko4011-1000
M. Pysyk2000+0000
J. Armia1000+0000
J. Enroth2310-11-2707963.05.912
M. Neuvirth133-8-1414513.29.909