NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, December 26th
(All times eastern)
New York Islanders (17-15-2) at Buffalo Sabres (24-11-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres hope to remain on track tonight when
they welcome the New York Islanders to HSBC Arena.
Buffalo had a seven-game winning streak ended in a loss to Florida on
Thursday, but bounced back the next night with a 4-1 win in Tampa. Thomas
Vanek scored the first of four straight Buffalo goals and Ryan Miller made 30
saves to anchor the effort.
Henrik Tallinder contributed a goal and an assist for the Sabres. Chris Drury
and Ales Kotalik also scored for the Sabres, who concluded a three-game road
The Sabres are second in the Northeast Division with 49 points -- two behind
Buffalo, which is 11-5-1 on home ice, plays seven of its next eight at HSBC
Arena starting tonight. The Sabres will visit Toronto on Thursday.
New York, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three games. On Friday the Isles
dropped a 4-2 tilt to visiting Ottawa. Mark Parrish had a goal and an assist
and Rick DiPietro stopped 22 shots for the Islanders. Jason Blake added his
15th tally of the season for New York.
The Senators scored three goals in the first period within a 2:42 span to take
command of the contest early.
The Islanders, who are 9-8-1 on the road, will host the rival Rangers on
Buffalo is 3-0 against New York this season after losing seven consecutive
meetings in the series.
12/26 10:15:05 ET