Puck Drop: 1:00 PM EST | Nassau Coliseum | Uniondale, NY
Know Your Opponent
New York Islanders
Record: (13-6-4) | 30 PTS
Division Ranking: 1st in East Division
SNAP THE LOSING STREAK
- The Sabres are on a five-game losing streak and tonight it needs to snap. The last win was on Feb. 23 against New Jersey 4-1. Since the two-week COVID-induced pause on Feb. 15, the Sabres are 2-8-1. The Sabres and Islanders will meet eight times this season and Buffalo is currently 0-4-0 in the season series.
“We Need To Be Better,”
2. Said Kevyn Adams in a media conference yesterday. Adams spoke about Ralph Krueger’s job status, the success of the team, and more. Adams also said,
”To be honest with you, I think the data would back this up, we give up too many Grade-A scoring chances, which means we’re not hard enough in our defensive zone and we’re not creating enough Grade A scoring chances in the offensive zone, which means we’re not hungry enough to get to the net and we’re not competing enough. That’s battle and will, right? So, we have to be better in those areas.”
Kevyn Adams Media Conference click here to see the full interview
Let's see if the Sabres can implement a better game strategy to be more dominant in the offensive zone and if they can keep chances to the outside in the defensive end.
Line Change/ Penalty Kill
3. At practice yesterday it was reported that Dylan Cozens skated on a line with Taylor Hall and Jack Eichel. Could this be a possible line tonight?
The penalty kill has been working for the Sabres. According to the Sabres PR, the penalty kill has killed off 11 consecutive penalties and has not allowed a PP goal in four straight games. The PK is 22 for 25 (88.0%) through the last 13 games against the Islanders.
Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Taylor Hall - Eric Staal - Kyle Okposo
Tobias Rieder - Cody Eakin - Dylan Cozens
Jeff Skinner - Curtis Lazar - Riley Sheahan
Rasmus Dahlin - Rasmus Ristolainen
Brandon Montour - Henri Jokiharju
Jacob Bryson - Colin Miller
Starter: Carter Hutton
New York Islanders
Anders Lee - Mathew Barzal - Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier - Brock Nelson - Josh Bailey
Michael Dal Colle - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Oliver Wahlstrom
Cal Clutterbuck - Casey Cizikas - Matt Martin
Adam Pelech - Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy - Scott Mayfield
Andy Greene - Noah Dobson
Starter: Semyon Varlamov