ISLANDERS (33-18-1) at SABRES (16-34-3)
TV: MSG+, MSG, BELL TV
Season series: Tyler Ennis scored in the shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 win against the New York Islanders at First Niagara Center on Dec. 27. The Islanders held a 3-0 lead before allowing three goals in a 5:12 span in the third period.
Islanders team scope: New York put forth a strong performance on the road and had 40 shots on goal but fell short in a 2-1 loss at the Boston Bruins on Saturday. John Tavares scored for the Islanders, who are 16-16-1 against teams outside the Metropolitan Division. Chad Johnson made 34 saves in the loss. "We played a solid game against a good hockey team," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We had some chances, but we've got to find a way to score some goals here. That's the big thing right now moving forward." Right wing Cal Clutterbuck sustained an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return. Defenseman Calvin de Haan also left the game after being struck in the face with a skate blade. Forward Michael Grabner played 9:55 Saturday, but it's unknown if he sustained an injury. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky was a healthy scratch Saturday for a second straight game. It's likely No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak will start against the Sabres.
Sabres team scope: Buffalo ended a six-game home losing streak with a 3-2 victory against the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Chris Stewart had three assists and Jhonas Enroth made 38 saves. Ennis, Tyler Myers and Zemgus Girgensons scored for Buffalo, which took a 3-0 lead when Girgensons scored at 5:59 of the second and then held on for the win. Enroth has stopped 97 of 103 shots faced in the past three games. "I was looking at the crowd here tonight and seeing how filled the building is despite our season," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "I think we've got some of the greatest fans in the world to really stick with us. It was nice to get two points for them, for sure."