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Buffalo searching for first win against Islanders this season

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Game 15

Buffalo Sabres (5-7-2) vs. New York Islanders (8-6-3)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum | Uniondale, NY

TV: MSG

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Islanders Blog: Lighthouse Hockey

Know Your Opponent

New York Islanders

Record: (8-6-3)

Division Ranking: 5th in East Division

PP: 14th (22.2%)

PK: 11th (81.0)

What to Watch

1. A Physical Game

Monday’s game definitely has the potential to be a physical one. The Islanders don’t shy away from throwing the body, and that showed in their most recent game against Pittsburgh where the team delivered an astounding 53 hits against their opponents.

2. No Skinner?

All signs point to forward Jeff Skinner potentially being scratched on Monday, though there will be no confirmation until warmups or the game begin. Skinner practiced on the extra line, and... well.... just watch the interview below.

Projected Lineup

Buffalo Sabres

Forwards

Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Taylor Hall - Eric Staal - Dylan Cozens

Tobias Rieder- Cody Eakin - Kyle Okposo

Casey Mittelstadt - Curtis Lazar - Riley Sheahan

Defense

Rasmus Dahlin - Colin Miller

Matt Irwin - Brandon Montour

Brandon Davidson - Henri Jokiharju

Projected Starter: Linus Ullmark

New York Islanders

Forwards

Anders Lee - Mathew Barzal - Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvilier - Brock Nelson - Josh Bailey

Leo Komarov - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Oliver Wahlstrom

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Defense

Adam Pelech - Ryan Pulock

Nick Leddy - Scott Mayfield

Andy Greene - Noah Dobson

Projected Starter: Semyon Varlamov