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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Islanders (3-3-2) vs. Buffalo (9-0-0)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSNY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders have a big test tonight as they take on the undefeated Buffalo Sabres at the Nassau Coliseum in their fifth game of their seven-game home stand.

On Saturday, the Islanders capped off Kids' Opening Night with an overtime win against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes. With 3:10 remaining in the third period, Mike Sillinger scored his fourth goal in four home games to tie the game at three before Tom Poti tallied the game-winner on the power play 23 seconds into overtime. With the win, the Islanders raised their record back to .500 and have now earned points in five consecutive games. Against Carolina, the Islanders tallied three power play goals on seven chances.

Alexei Yashin continued his productive play, assisting on all four Islanders goals. His seven power play assists is second in the NHL. Sillinger earned a goal and an assist while Poti had two assists along with the game-winner.

The Sabres come into tonight's game with the best record in the league at 9-0-0. They're one win away from tying an NHL record for wins at a start of the season achieved by the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs.

Buffalo is well balanced up front, possessing four players with double-digits in points: Maxim Afinogenov (14), Chris Drury (14), Tomas Vanek (13) and Daniel Briere (12). In goal, Ryan Miller has been perfect so far in his sophomore season sporting a 7-0-0 record along with a 2.49 GAA and a .915 SV%.

You can listen to the game on Bloomberg Radio 1130 with Chris King and Steve Mears. Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe have the call on FSNY.

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Islanders - 8 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division. Buffalo - 18 points, 1st place, Northeast Division.

Islanders Jason Blake and Mike Sillinger, 4 goals; Alexei Yashin, 8 assists and 11 points; Brendan Witt, 28 PIM. Buffalo Chris Drury, 10 goals; Daniel Briere 10 assists; Drury and Maxim Afinogenov 14 points; Andrew Peters, 16 PIM.

Islanders - Power play: 19.6 percent. Penalty killing: 76.4 percent. Buffalo - Power play: 21.8 percent. Penalty killing: 89.3 percent.

Islanders Rick DiPietro (1-3-, 4.11 GAA, .892 SV%); Mike Dunham (2-0-2, 2.20, .939). Buffalo Ryan Miller (7-0-0, 2.49, .915); Martin Biron (2-0-0, 2.50, .921).

Buffalo, 0-3-1.

Islanders 2-0-2 at home; Buffalo 5-0-0 on road.

The New York Islanders have acquired center Eric Boguniecki from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Ryan Caldwell. Boguniecki will report to the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate in Bridgeport.

The 31-year old Boguniecki has played 167 games over an NHL career with Florida, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. He has 32 goals and 44 assists for 76 points in 167 games. His best season was in 2002-03, when the 5-8, 195-pound center was 22-27-49 in 80 games with the Blues. Last season the New Haven. Conn. native had five goals and six assists in 36 games with the Penguins. This season he was scoreless in six games with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

The Islanders have reassigned second-year defenseman Chris Campoli to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL for conditioning. Campoli has been out of action since early October with a pulled groin.

Last season, Campoli appeared in 80 games for the Islanders and became the sixth Islanders rookie defenseman to record 30-or-more points in their first NHL season. His final totals were nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points and finished the year tied for sixth on the team in scoring and first among Islander rookies.

Mike Sillinger has been a faceoff specialist for his entire NHL career. The 16-year veteran has ranked in the top-15 among NHL faceoff leaders in each of the past five seasons and his currently fifth in the league and leads the Islanders with a 59.1 faceoff percentage. Sillinger has also played for an NHL record twelve franchises.

Islanders' sniper Miroslav Satan has increased his consecutive games played streak to 240 games. In 2003-04, Satan was one of three Islanders to play in all 82 games and has now appeared in every game over the last two seasons and the last 68 in 2002-03 (2002-03 to 2003-04 with the Buffalo Sabres).


1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
77 Alexei Zhitnik

7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
16 Mike York
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


30 Ryan Miller
43 Martin Biron

5 Toni Lydman
6 Jaroslav Spacek 
10 Henrik Tallinder
27 Teppo Numminen 
38 Nathan Paetsch
45 Dmitri Kalinin
51 Brian Campbell

9 Derek Roy
12 Ales Kotalik
13 Jiri Novotny
22 Adam Mair
23 Chris Drury
26 Thomas Vanek
28 Paul Gaustad
29 Jason Pominville
48 Daniel Briere
55 Jochen Hecht
61 Maxim Afinogenov
76 Andrew Peters 

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