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Monday, January 1st (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (19-15-3) at Buffalo Sabres (28-7-3), 4 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The mighty Buffalo Sabres will try to extend their winning streak to four games today, when they host the New York Islanders in a New Year's Day tilt at HSBC Arena.

The Sabres, who lead the Eastern Conference with 59 points, are a perfect 3-0 so far on a four-game homestand. For the season, they are an impressive 13-4-2 in Buffalo.

Buffalo was in action Saturday night against Southeast Division-leading Atlanta and earned a 4-1 victory. Ryan Miller made 29 saves to lead the Sabres to past the Thrashers.

Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist and Daniel Briere added a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who hold a 10-point edge over Montreal for first place in the Northeast Division.

Meanwhile, the Islanders have dropped their last two games and are coming off Saturday's shutout loss to visiting New Jersey. Martin Brodeur made 29 saves to record his sixth shutout of the season and the Devils skated to the 2-0 win at Nassau Coliseum.

Rick DiPietro finished with 34 saves for the Islanders, who are third in the Atlantic Division with 41 points.

New York has been mediocre away from Long Island this year, going 8-8-1 on the road.

The Sabres have taken five in a row from the Islanders, including a win at the Coliseum on October 26. New York has also dropped two straight in Buffalo.

01/01 10:23:11 ET


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