NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 6th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (0-1-0) at New York Islanders (1-0-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will aim for a sweep of their
season-opening home-and-home series with Buffalo tonight, when the teams take
the ice at Nassau Coliseum.
Both clubs kicked off their regular seasons Friday night in Buffalo and the
Isles earned the 6-4 victory. Mike Comrie scored twice and added two assists
to help New York outlast the Sabres.
This home-and-home set is a rematch of an Eastern Conference quarterfinals
matchup from last season, in which top-seeded Buffalo needed only five games
Ruslan Fedotenko had a goal and two assists, and Bill Guerin had three helpers
for the Islanders, who begin a three-game homestand this evening. New York
will also host Washington and the rival Rangers during the stretch.
Isles goaltender Rick DiPietro, after allowing three goals on his first 12
shots in a wild first period on Friday, rebounded, saving 22 of 26 shots.
Jaroslav Spacek had a goal and an assist for Buffalo, coming off a season in
which it won its first-ever Presidents Trophy. Ryan Miller was lit up for six
scores on 34 shots.
Buffalo was without right wing Ales Kotalik for Friday's game as he was forced
to sit out with a sprained knee. Kotalik, who notched 16 goals and 22 assists
for the Sabres last year, is expected to miss tonight's tilt as well.
The Sabres are coming off a trip to the Eastern Conference finals, where they
have lost in each of the last two postseasons. Two years ago eventual Stanley
Cup champion Carolina sent Buffalo packing, and the Ottawa Senators downed the
Sabres this past season.
After tonight's contest, the Sabres will return to HSBC Arena for a four-game
homestand. Buffalo will kick off the residency with Thursday's game against
Despite last evening's loss, the Sabres have won seven of the last nine
regular-season meetings with the Islanders. However, Buffalo has been defeated
in five of its last eight trips to the Coliseum.
10/06 10:22:45 ET