ISLANDERS (20-13-4) at SABRES (21-12-6)
6 p.m. ET; MSG-B, MSG+, NHL.TV
The New York Islanders will try for their fourth straight win when they play the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Monday.
Islanders goalie Robin Lehner will make his second straight start after making 36 saves in a 4-0 win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Lehner, who has not allowed a goal in 127:29 and has won his past four decisions, had a .916 save percentage and 2.77 goals-against average in 133 games (42-61-22) with the Sabres before signing with the Islanders as an unrestricted free agent on July 3.
The Sabres scored two goals or fewer for the fourth time in their past five games in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Buffalo is 4-6-4 in its past 14 games.
Players to watch
Islanders center Mathew Barzal has six goals and two assists during a four-game point streak, including a natural hat trick on Saturday.
Sabres forward Sam Reinhart has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in his past 15 games and has a point in 14 of those 15 games.
They said it
"Some mixed emotions; can't really put a feeling to it but it's nice to be back. Great people over there, great organization. It's going to be fun to play today." -- Islanders goalie Robin Lehner on being back in Buffalo
"We've just got to keep firing pucks. I liked what Boston did in the third period [on Saturday]; they threw pucks at the net from every angle. We've got to have that mentality." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley
Islanders projected lineup
Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Joshua Ho-Sang
Anthony Beauvillier -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey
Michael Dal Colle -- Valtteri Filppula -- Leo Komarov
Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk
Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield
Scratched: Luca Sbisa, Tom Kuhnhackl, Ross Johnston
Injured: Thomas Hickey (upper body), Andrew Ladd (lower body), Jordan Eberle (stiffness)
Sabres projected lineup
Jeff Skinner -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Conor Sheary -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Evan Rodrigues
Tage Thompson -- Vladimir Sobotka - Jason Pominville
C.J. Smith -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo
Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Dahlin
Nathan Beaulieu -- Zach Bogosian
Scratched: Matt Hunwick, Lawrence Pilut, Remi Elie
Injured: Zemgus Girgensons (upper body), Casey Nelson (upper body), Scott Wilson (ankle)
Eichel skated Monday morning after not practicing Sunday. Coach Phil Housley said he's a game-time decision. … The Islanders had a day off Sunday but held a full morning skate Monday. … Housley said Smith, called up from Rochester of the American Hockey League, will play.
This is the sixth rime the Sabres will host the Islanders on New Year's Eve; New York has won four of the first five. ... Sobotka will play in his 500th NHL game. … With 782 wins, Islanders coach Barry Trotz can pass Al Arbour for sole possession of fourth place on the NHL's all-time list with a victory.