NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, January 17th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (18-22-5-1) at New York Islanders (20-19-4-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders try to put the brakes on a three-
game winless streak tonight when they host the Buffalo Sabres at Nassau
New York is coming off a disappointing 4-4 tie in Ottawa on Thursday night.
Former Islander Zdeno Chara scored the game-tying goal and assisted on
another, as the Senators came back from a four-goal deficit to tie New York,
4-4, at Corel Centre.
Michael Peca scored twice to end a 13-game goal drought, but the Islanders
dropped to 1-4-2 in their last seven contests. However, the Isles did end
Ottawa's streak of 24 games without allowing more than three goals.
Mattias Weinhandl and Mariusz Czerkawski each notched a goal and an assist,
while Garth Snow stopped 40-of-44 shots between the pipes for New York.
The Islanders had the best chance in overtime just 1:30 into the extra period,
but Radek Martinek could not convert on a 3-on-1 rush.
New York's Oleg Kvasha recorded two assists, giving him 100 for his career,
while Trent Hunter also had two helpers.
The Islanders, 5-11-4-1 at home this season, host the Senators on Monday
Buffalo was blanked by Felix Potvin and the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
Potvin made 27 saves for his third shutout of the season and helped the Bruins
to a 1-0 victory at HSBC Arena.
Mika Noronen turned in a solid effort between the pipes, stopping all but one
of the 24 shots he faced, for the Sabres, who had their seven-game home
unbeaten streak stopped (5-0-2). Despite the setback, Buffalo is 4-3-2 in its
last nine overall.
Buffalo was shut out for the fourth time this season and for the first time
since November 8.
The Sabres, with 42 points, are last in the Northeast Division. They are 11
behind fourth-place Montreal and 17 off the pace of division-leading
Buffalo, which opens a five-game road trip tonight, will be seeking revenge
for a 6-0 pounding by the Islanders on October 11 at HSBC Arena.
The Islanders have won four straight and are 5-1-1 in the last seven matchups.
New York is also 3-1-1 in its previous five trips to Buffalo.
01/17 10:07:49 ET