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Game Preview: Islanders at Sabres

The Islanders and Sabres face off on Friday night in Buffalo (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS AT BUFFALO SABRES

7 P.M. KEYBANK CENTER

TV: MSG+


The New York Islanders enter their last weekend of preseason, as they take on the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night at KeyBank Arena (7 p.m., MSG+). 

It's starting to feel real, as the Islanders begin their regular season next Friday in Columbus. Till then, there are still jobs to be won, chemistry to be built and line combinations to be tinkered with. Friday's preseason tilt in Buffalo marks the second-last, in-game opportunity to settle things. 

"Usually around this time teams start to amp it up," Jordan Eberle said after Thursday's practice. "The rosters are close to set and teams are playing very veteran lineups."

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Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera and Johnny Boychuk are three veterans who are getting the night off, but John Tavares, Andrew Ladd, Eberle and Anders Lee are all in the lineup. The Lee-Tavares-Eberle line should get more reps in as they work towards building on-ice rapport. 

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders and the plan is for him to play the whole game. Halak is 1-0-1 in the preseason, stopping 56-of-57 shots in five periods. 

Buffalo is 1-3-1 in preseason play and are playing their final exhibition game before the regular season. The Sabres are icing a veteran-laden lineup featuring Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo, Matt Moulson and Rasmus Ristolainen. Islanders scratches will be announced closer to gametime. 

ISLANDERS ROSTER
FORWARDS
7 Jordan Eberle
8 Steve Bernier
12 Josh Bailey
13 Mathew Barzal
15 Cal Clutterbuck
16 Andrew Ladd
24 Stephen Gionta
27 Anders Lee
53 Casey Cizikas
66 Joshua Ho-Sang
72 Anthony Beauvillier
86 Nikolay Kulemin
91 John Tavares
DEFENSE
2 Nick Leddy
4 Dennis Seidenberg
6 Ryan Pulock
14 Thomas Hickey
42 Scott Mayfield
44 Calvin de Haan
50 Adam Pelech
GOALTENDER
1 Thomas Greiss
41 Jaroslav Halak
SABRES ROSTER
FORWARDS
9 Evander Kane
10 Jacob Josefson
15 Jack Eichel
17 Jordan Nolan
21 Kyle Okposo
22 Johan Larsson
23 Sam Reinhart
25 Seth Griffith
26 Matt Moulson
28 Zemgus Girgensons
29 Jason Pominville
90 Ryan O'Reilly
DEFENSE
4 Josh Gorges
41 Justin Falk
47 Zach Bogosian
55 Rasmus Ristolainen
82 Nathan Beaulieu
93 Victor Antipin
GOALTENDER
31 Chad Johnson
40 Robin Lehner

 

 

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