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Sabres vs Islanders Game Preview: Bouncing Back

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Sabres and Islanders both looking to bounce back from opening night losses

NHL: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Game #2

Buffalo Sabres (0-0-1) vs. New York Islanders (0-1-0)

Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | Barclays Center | Brooklyn, NY

TV: MSG

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Islanders blog: Lighthouse Hockey

What to Watch

1. What kind of mood will the Islanders be in?

The Islanders could come into tonight’s game in not the greatest of moods. They were beaten pretty soundly by the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-0 last night. In their home opener tonight the Isles will look to have a rebound game.

2. Will the O’Reilly line bounce back?

Ryan O’Reilly had a tough opening night on Thursday. He had a costly turnover that resulted in the first goal of the game for the Canadiens. The line as a whole wasn't as effective as they were during the preseason. We’ll see if they can get on their game with the Eichel line tonight.

3. Matt Moulson is Back

After spending the opening night eating popcorn in the press box, Matt Moulson is expected to return to the lineup tonight. He’ll skate on the fourth line with Johan Larsson and Jacob Josefson. It’ll be interesting to watch if he gets any power play time since that’s the area he seems most effective at this point in his career.

Projected Lines

9 Evander Kane - 15 Jack Eichel - 29 Jason Pominville

67 Benoit Pouliot - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo

28 Zemgus Girgensons - 23 Sam Reinhart - 25 Seth Griffith

22 Johan Larsson - 10 Jacob Josefson - 26 Matt Moulson

82 Nathan Beaulieu - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

5 Matt Tennyson - 6 Marco Scandella

19 Jake McCabe - 93 Victor Antipin

Startin Goaltender: 40 Robin Lehner