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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres 2/23/13

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

7-9-1 (15 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
5-3-1 road
Buffalo Sabres
6-11-1 (13 points - 5th in Northeast Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
3-6-0 home
7:00 p.m.
First Niagara Center
Buffalo, NY

Television: MSG+
Howie Rose: Play-by-play, Butch Goring: Color

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (0-1-0)
The Islanders lost the only matchup between the two teams so far this season 3-2 on Feb. 9. The Islanders outshot Buffalo 43-15 in that game, which also marked the season debuts of Josh Bailey and Lubomir Visnovsky. Colin McDonald scored his first goal as an Islander, and Brian Strait registered two assists.

Sabres player to watch
Jason Pominville - Right Wing
He has just one goal in his last eight games, but Jason Pominville ranks second on the Sabres in scoring with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 18 games. The Repentigny, QC native has played all 559 games of his NHL career in a Sabres uniform, posting 20-goal campaigns in each of his last six seasons.
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders’ 5-3-1 road record matches their second-best road record through nine games in the past 25 years
•Evgeni Nabokov posted an assist on Feb. 21 at Ottawa, tying his career high with three assists on the season
•Thomas Hickey joined Radek Martinek as the only players in Islanders history to score their first NHL goal in overtime
Matt Moulson posted his sixth multi-point game of the season on Feb. 21 at Ottawa (two goals)
The Matchup
25.4% (18/71)
83.3 (50/60)


Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games


12.3% (8/65)
79.4% (58/73)
New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 10 Keith Aucoin
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Marty Reasoner - 21 Kyle Okposo
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 52 Joe Finley

20 Evgeni Nabokov
Buffalo Sabres projected lines
26 Thomas Vanek - 19 Cody Hodgson - 29 Jason Pominville
82 Marcus Foligno - 63 Tyler Ennis - 21 Drew Stafford
42 Nathan Gerbe - 9 Steve Ott - 55 Jochen Hecht
32 John Scott - 12 Kevin Porter - 36 Patrick Kaleta

10 Christian Ehrhoff - 52 Alexander Sulzer
24 Robyn Regehr - 57 Tyler Myers
6 Mike Weber - 33 TJ Brennen

30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth

Quote of the Day

“It probably feels sweeter with time than if I would have gotten it a while ago,” Hickey said. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work, and there’s been a lot of doubt, but I stayed confident and I’m fortunate to have an opportunity to play here. To do it in this building is pretty special.”

Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey,
on his first NHL goal Thursday at Montreal

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