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Game #2

Buffalo Sabres (1-0-0, 2PTS) vs. NY Islanders (1-1-0, 2PTS)

2:00 PM EST, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

TV: MSG-B (Buffalo),

Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), XM 206 (National)

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After a thrilling shootout victory at home against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night, the Buffalo Sabres head on the road for the first time this season to take on the NY Islanders. It is an afternoon tilt on Long Island in celebration of the Columbus Day holiday that nobody gets off for. This will be a game that won't get very good ratings and probably would have almost none if not for the miracle of DVR.

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Players to Watch

Buffalo Sabres: Thomas Vanek (1G-0A-1P), Teppo Numminen (0G-1A-1P), Toni Lydman (0G-1A-1P), Ales Kotalik (1 shootout goal), Drew Stafford (1 shootout goal), Ryan Miller (1-0-1, 0.92 GAA, .964 sv%)

NY Islanders: Doug Weight (1G-2A-3P, 1PPG), Bill Guerin (1G-1A-2P), Mark Streit (0G-2A-2P), Andy Hilbert (1G-1A-2P), Bruno Gervais (0G-2A-2P), Trent Hunter (1G-0A-1P, 1PPG), Joey MacDonald (1-1-0, 2.00GAA, .927 sv%)

Notes

Buffalo Sabres: Won in their home opener in Friday night against Montreal 2-1 in a shootout...played the Islanders in back-to-back games to start last season and lost both games...Sabres first road game of the season, they were _-_ on the road last season...Thomas Vanek scored the Sabres only goal on Carey Price Friday night...Teppo Numminen played and had an assist on Friday, matching his total games played for the 2007-2008 season...Tim Connolly was scratched on Friday night because of a hairline fracture of a vertabrae and he is questionable for the game today...The Sabres have won 9-of-12 meetings between the two teams over the past three seasons...The Sabres won 53% of their face-offs against Montreal despite missing their best face-off guy Paul Gaustad...Derek Roy won 15 face-offs at 65.3% and Jason Pominville won all four face-offs he took.

NY Islanders: Beat the Blues on Saturday 5-2 in their home opener...Islanders received goals from five different players on Saturday night...Islanders are 2-for-10 on the power play through two games...This will be the third game in four days for the Islanders...Rick Dipietro is out of the Islanders lineup with an injury.

07-08 Meetings

Season Series:2-2-0

Buffalo Outshot: 1-1-0

Islanders Outshot: 1-1-0

Even shots:0-0-

Buffalo PP: 2-23 -8.70%

Islanders PP: 4-15 - 26.67%

Date O/S Vis Home W/ Goalie W/T Goal Vis PP Home PP
Oct 5 NYI 6 Buf 4 R. Dipietro M. Comrie 3-3 0-4
Oct 6 Buf 2
NYI 3 R. Dipietro M. Comrie 1-7 0-3
Dec 12 NYI 3 Buf 5 R. Miller D. Roy 1-5 1-6
Dec 19 Buf 2 NYI 1 R. Miller M. Afinogenov 0-6 0-5