Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
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New York Islanders
Record: 9-3-0 | 18 PTS
Last 10: 8-2-0
Division Ranking: 3rd in Metro Division
Conference Ranking: 5th in Eastern Conference
PP: 9th (23.8%)
PK: 12th (82.3%)
What to Watch
1. The Islanders are fire emoji
With a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay last night, the New York Islanders have now won eight straight games. With both teams playing in their second game of a back-to-back, and the Sabres coming off of two straight losses, it should be interesting to see how these teams come out of the starting gate.
2. Montour to debut?
There weren’t any definite confirmations, but the signs are pointing to Brandon Montour making his season debut tonight. He has practiced on regular pair all week, leading to some speculation that he’d give it a go last night in Washington. Perhaps it makes more sense to debut at home, which would likely lead to him swapping in for John Gilmour on a pair with Colin Miller.
3. No reason to panic at the disco?
It’s 70s night, alright. While KeyBank Center will be ready to boogie down, these same fans will be hoping that the on-ice entertainment won’t be such a spaz. Amidst what is sure to be highlights from the beginning years of the franchise, this year’s version of the Sabres will look to do their fans, as well as their forefathers, proud.
Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner - Marcus Johansson - Vladimir Sobotka
Evan Rodrigues - Casey Mittelstadt - Conor Sheary
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo
Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin - Henri Jokiharju
Brandon Montour/John Gilmour - Colin Miller
Starting Goaltender: Carter Hutton (unconfirmed)
New York Islanders
Anders Lee - Mathew Barzal - Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier - Brock Nelson - Derick Brassard
Michael Dal Colle - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck
Ross Johnston - Cole Bardreau - Oliver Wahlstrom
Adam Pelech - Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Devon Toews - Scott Mayfield
Starting Goaltender: Semyon Varlamov (unconfirmed)