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[open thread] Sabres vs. Islanders

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Time: 7:00 TV: MSG(HD) Radio: WGR55

The Buffalo Sabres are coming off of a frustrating 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.  Alex Auld made 44 saves for the Bruins who were out-shot 45-21 by the Sabres.  Jaro Spacek scored the only goal for the Sabres in the game.  The Sabres have been losers of three of their last four games including losing two of three on a recent West Coast trip.  Ryan Miller injured his ankle in the loss to Boston and it is not known if he will play tonight.

The Islanders have struggled to score goals of late and are in last place in the Atlantic Division.  I would anticipate the Islanders will come into the game with some confidence having swept the Sabres in a home and home series to begin the season.  The Islanders have scored only 38 goals in 28 games while 5-on-5.  They have won only once once in their last five games sporting a 1-3-1 record in the Month of December.

DBTB recap from 11/5/07
DBTB recap from 11/6/07

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals:Derek Roy 10
  • Points: Derek Roy 23
  • +/-: Jaro Spacek, Brian Campbell +6
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 47

NY Islanders

  • Goals:  Josef Vasicek, Mike Comrie 9
  • Points:  Mike Comrie 22
  • +/-: Josef Vasicek, Miro Satan +2
  • PIM: Andy Sutton 42

Projected Line combinations

Buffalo Forwards
26-Vanek, 9-Roy, 21-Stafford
55-Hecht, 28-Gaustad, 29-Pominville
12-Kotalik, 19-Connolly, 61-Afinogenov
37-Ryan, 22-Mair, 20-Paille

Buffalo Defensemen
6-Spacek, 51-Campbell
5-Lydman, 4-Pratt
44-Sekera,38-Paetsch

Goaltenders
30-Miller, 35-Thibault

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