Preview: Sabres Head to the Island For Three
The Sabres set to play their next three games against the Islanders.
Buffalo Sabres (6-11-3) vs. New York Islanders (12-6-4)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | Nassau Coliseum | Uniondale, NY
Radio: WGR 550
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Know Your Opponent
New York Islanders
Record: (12-6-4) | 28 PTS
Division Ranking: 2nd in East Division
PP: 12th (24.6%)
PK: 8th (82.8%)
According to the Buffalo Sabres PR department, these next three games against the New York Islanders marks the first time in franchise history that the Sabres will play the same team in three straight regular season games, in the same season.
All games are incredibly important at this point of the season, with Buffalo struggling. Getting themselves familiar and comfortable with the Islanders way of hockey, these next few games could certainly get a little chippy.
2. Snap The Skid
Buffalo rolls into tonight’s game on a three-game losing streak. Furthermore, the Sabres boast a very ugly 2-7-1 record in their last ten games.
The Sabres season certainly is spinning out of control and playing against the same, talented opponent over the next three games does not appear to bode well for a team looking to right the ship.
3. Hoping For Goals
The Buffalo Sabres currently average 2.20 goals per game, which is 29th in the National Hockey League.
The New York Islanders allow 2.23 goals per game, which is third in the National Hockey League.
See the issue here? A team that can’t score is going against a team that suppresses scoring better than most teams in the league.
This certainly should work out well for Buffalo, right?
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