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Sabres at Islanders preview

Buffalo playing second of seven games away from KeyBank Center; New York trying for back-to-back wins in finale of homestand

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

SABRES (9-20-7) at ISLANDERS (19-13-4)

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


The Game

The New York Islanders will wrap up a five-game homestand when they host the Buffalo Sabres at Barclays Center on Wednesday.

New York is 2-1-1 on the homestand following its 5-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

It's the second of seven straight games away from KeyBank Center for the Sabres; Buffalo is hosting the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Sabres are 1-3-1 in their past five games and have four wins in their past 21 (4-12-5).


Players to watch

Sabres forward Jack Eichel has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past four games and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past 10.

Islanders forward Josh Bailey has five goals and 10 assists during an eight-game point streak.


They said it

"We certainly are going to have to be ready in this building because they like to start fast. They like to establish a physical presence in their forecheck. They come at you hard, so we need to be ready at the start of the game." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley

"It'd be big. I still feel like we kind of let a couple slip away. If we find a way to win tonight, it's all in all a pretty good homestand. You're not going to perfect every night and you've got to kind of get over those other ones. I feel like we did that and had a good response last game. We'll try to come out and do the same tonight." -- Islanders forward Josh Bailey


Sabres projected lineup

Zemgus Girgensons -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Evander Kane -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

Benoit Pouliot -- Evan Rodrigues -- Jason Pominville

Johan Larsson -- Jacob Josefson -- Jordan Nolan

Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Jake McCabe -- Zach Bogosian

Nathan Beaulieu -- Justin Falk

Robin Lehner

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Scott Wilson, Josh Gorges, Victor Antipin

Injured: Taylor Fedun (lower body)


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Shane Prince -- Brock Nelson -- Anthony Beauvillier

Jason Chimera -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Adam Pelech -- Scott Mayfield

Thomas Hickey -- Dennis Seidenberg

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Alan Quine, Steve Bernier, Ryan Pulock

Injured: Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Calvin de Haan (upper body)


Status report

O'Reilly will play after missing Buffalo's 4-2 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday for the birth of his son. … Halak will make his third straight start. Seidenberg will take Pulock's place after being a healthy scratch for the previous two games.


Stat pack

The Islanders have won three straight against the Sabres and have outscored them 15-6. … Lehner has a .940 save percentage in his past seven games. Buffalo is 0-for-8 on the power play in its past five games. … Tavares has four goals and 11 assists during a seven-game point streak.

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