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Sabres vs. Islanders preview: The season finale, fan appreciation night

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We've finally reached the last game of the season, and isn't it just so fitting that the Sabres are facing the New York Islanders.

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Game #82

Buffalo Sabres (21-51-9) vs. New York Islanders (33-37-11)

Puck Drop - 5:00pm EST - First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY

TV - MSG, Bell-TV | Radio - WGR 550 - AM
SB Nation Islanders Blog
- Lighthouse Hockey

Three Questions

1. Who the heck is playing today?
After suffering FIVE injuries yesterday against Boston, the Sabres are down to an absolute skeleton crew, cobbled together from Buffalo, Rochester, and the ECHL. The team has recalled Nicolas Deslauriers, Mark Pysyk, and Andrey Makarov from Rochester (too bad, since the Amerks are also playing tonight) and have brought back rookie camp goalie Mark Guggenheim from Gwinnett to play in Rochester. This season can't end soon enough.

2. Who will win the team awards?
The Sabres will be giving out their in-house awards for MVP and such. Who deserves to win anything this season?

3. What will be our final memory of this awful, interesting season?
The Sabres have one more game to remind us why we love them. Will our final memory be of a solid effort that points toward a brighter future, or will injuries and apathy be too much to overcome in their final game?

Projected BUF lines

Leino - Ennis - Stafford
Hodgson - Girgensons - Mitchell
Foligno - ? - Deslauriers
Ellis - Konopka - Scott

Tallinder - Ristolainen
Weber - McBain
McCabe - Pysyk

Goal: Andrey Makarov, Connor Knapp

Scratches/Injuries: Flynn, Stewart, D'Agostini, Ehrhoff, Ruhwedel, Myers, Sulzer, Enroth, Neuvirth, Liewuen