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New York shuffles lineup for home opener; Moulson likely to play for Buffalo

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

SABRES (0-0-1) at ISLANDERS (0-1-0)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG-B, NHL.TV


The Game

The New York Islanders' lineup will have a different look in their home opener against the Buffalo Sabres after a season-opening 5-0 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

Among the changes is the season debut of forward Joshua Ho-Sang, who was a surprise healthy scratch Friday. Ho-Sang, a first-round pick (No. 28) in the 2014 NHL Draft, had six goals and four assists in 21 games with the Islanders last season. He'll dress in place of Cal Clutterbuck, who sustained a lower-body injury against Columbus and is day to day.

Defenseman Scott Mayfield will make his season debut in place of Dennis Seidenberg, who will be scratched

Sabres left wing Matt Moulson, who did not play in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, will play against his former team at Barclays Center. Moulson practiced on the fourth line Friday with Jacob Josefson and Johan Larsson and will replace forward Jordan Nolan.

Moulson was a three-time 30-goal scorer with the Islanders from 2009-12.

Players to watch

Sabres right wing Jason Pominville scored two goals Thursday. He is a seven-time 20-goal scorer between Buffalo and the Minnesota Wild.

Islanders center Mathew Barzal was determined to make his mark in training camp and worked his way into a top-six role. He had three shots on goal Friday. Barzal, 20, was a first-round pick (No. 16) at the 2015 NHL Draft.


They said it

"I don't know if we're going to get 45 shots [Saturday] or the next game, I'd love to see 70 to 75 attempts at the net, but I don't think that may happen. But if we can continue to have that mindset going into a game that everything's going to the net, it creates offense and it changes defense." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley, whose team had 45 shots on goal against Montreal on Thursday

"There's no panic in here, not at all. We have the opportunity to come back [Saturday] night and right the ship, so we'll be ready [Saturday]." -- Islanders forward Andrew Ladd


Sabres projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Jack Eichel -- Jason Pominville

Benoit Pouliot -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

Zemgus Girgensons -- Sam Reinhart -- Seth Griffith

Matt Moulson -- Jacob Josefson -- Johan Larsson

Nathan Beaulieu -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Jake McCabe -- Victor Antipin

Marco Scandella -- Matt Tennyson

Robin Lehner

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Jordan Nolan, Josh Gorges

Injured: Justin Falk (undisclosed), Zach Bogosian (lower body)


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Jordan Eberle

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Casey Cizikas -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Nikolay Kulemin -- Brock Nelson -- Jason Chimera

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Scott Mayfield

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ryan Pulock, Dennis Seidenberg

Injured: Alan Quine (upper body), Shane Prince (ankle), Cal Clutterbuck (lower body)


Status report

Bogosian did not practice Friday but did skate on his own and is day-to-day, according to The Buffalo News. He was not expected to make the trip. … Neither team held a morning skate Saturday.


Stat pack

Fourteen of the past 20 games between the Sabres and Islanders have been decided by one goal. … Halak made 11 saves in relief of Greiss on Friday and is expected to start.

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