Sabres Prepare to Open Final Homestand
Houser may play his first game since March 2020
Buffalo Sabres (13-32-7) vs. New York Islanders (31-15-5)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
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New York Islanders
Division Ranking: 3rd in East Division
PP: 22nd (18.4%)
PK: 5th (83.9%)
What to Watch
1. Another New Goaltender
Perhaps the biggest story entering Monday night’s game is that Michael Houser will get the start in net. This is huge for him - it’s his first game since March 7, 2020 and his NHL debut. Overall, he’s played in only two AHL games since the 2016-17 season. Check out this piece from the Sun Sentinel from years ago about Houser and his history, which makes tonight that much more remarkable.
Meanwhile, Linus Ullmark was also on the ice for the morning skate.
2. Sabres Hockey, in May!
When was the last time we saw a Sabres game in the month of May? This is just the second time in franchise history that Buffalo will play a regular-season game on this day, May 3. Back in 1995, Wayne Primeau scored the game-winning goal as Buffalo topped New Jersey to finish out that season.
3. The Final Four
Tonight’s game opens the final four games of the season for the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres and Islanders return to action on Tuesday night for the series finale at KeyBank Center; Buffalo wraps up the season with a pair of games against the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Thursday and Saturday. And.. that’s all she wrote for this season in Buffalo, though the regular-season schedule league-wide does extend out a few more weeks.
Jeff Skinner - Sam Reinhart - Victor Olofsson
Anders Bjork - Dylan Cozens - Arttu Ruotsalainen
Rasmus Asplund - Casey Mittelstadt - Tage Thompson
Riley Sheahan - Cody Eakin - Drake Caggiula
Mattias Samuelsson - Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin - Henri Jokiharju
Jacob Bryson - Will Borgen
Starting Goaltender: Michael Houser (unconfirmed)
New York Islanders
Leo Komarov - Matthew Barzal - Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier - Brock Nelson - Josh Bailey
Kyle Palmieri - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Oliver Wahlstrom
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech - Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy - Scott Mayfield
Andy Greene - Noah Dobson
Starting Goaltender: Ilya Sorokin (unconfirmed)