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Sabres Begin Season-Long 7 Game Road Trip on Long Island

@ 7:00 PM

Last Game:

NY Islanders: Jan 12 vs. Flyers Loss 3-2

Buffalo: Jan 13 vs. Maple Leafs Won 3-2

Record:

NY Islanders: 15-20-6

Buffalo: 19-19-5

Points:

NY Islanders: 36

Buffalo: 43

Rank In Conference:

NY Islanders: 15th

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

NY Islanders: 19.6(6th)

Buffalo: 18.4(T-12th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

NY Islanders: 83.1(T-10th)

Buffalo: 82.9(12th)

Goals For:

NY Islanders: 95(29th)

Buffalo: 108(T-24th)

Goals Against:

NY Islanders: 127(T-23rd)

Buffalo: 123(T-17th)

Shots For:

NY Islanders: 1218(23rd)

Buffalo: 1258(18th)

Shots Against:

NY Islanders: 1229(8th)

Buffalo: 1347(24th)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: 670(T-4th)

Buffalo: 537(25th)

Hits:

NY Islanders: 915(T-17th)

Buffalo: 782(28th)

Faceoff Percentage:

NY Islanders: 48.7(25th)

Buffalo: 50.3(12th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

NY Islanders: Moulson(20), Tavares(15), Grabner(11), Okposo(10)

Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(15), Adam(10), Roy(8)

Assists:

NY Islanders: Parenteau(28), Tavares(25), Streit(20), Moulson(17)

Buffalo: Pominville(29), Vanek(22), Roy(16), Stafford(15)

Points:

NY Islanders: Tavares(40), Moulson(37), Parenteau(35), Streit(22)

Buffalo: Pominville(44), Vanek(41), Roy(24), Stafford(22)

Plus/Minus:

NY Islanders: Moulson(+6), Ullstrom and de Haan(+1), Haley(EV), Gillies(-1)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+12), Gerbe(+4), Hecht(+3), Vanek and Leopold(+2)

Penalty Minutes:

NY Islanders: M. Martin(60), Hamonic(51), Staios(39), Parenteau(35)

Buffalo: Gaustad(61), Kaleta(58), Vanek(38), Stafford(36)

Shots:

NY Islanders: Tavares(146), Moulson(110), Grabner(93), Parenteau(88)

Buffalo: Vanek and Pominville(122), Stafford(112), Roy(93), Ehrhoff(86)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: Hamonic(97), A. MacDonald(84), Staios(76), Streit(58)

Buffalo: Regehr(64), Leopold(51), Sekera(50), Ehrhoff(48)

Hits:

NY Islanders: M. Martin(182), Hamonic(101), Jurcina(85), Parenteau(60)

Buffalo: Regehr(104), Gaustad(78), Kaleta(60), Stafford(48)

Face-Off Wins:

NY Islanders: Tavares(403), Nielsen(286), Bailey(182), Reasoner(178)

Buffalo: Gaustad(349), Roy(346), Pominville(126), Hecht(119)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

NY Islanders: Evgeni Nabokov 6-10-0 2.66 GAA .910 SV%

Buffalo:  Jhonas Enroth 8-7-3 2.46 GAA .923 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Nov 29 Islanders Won 2-1

Season Series: Islanders Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 71-54-22

All-Time at NYI: Tied 31-31-11

Flyers continue dominance of Islanders in 3-2 victory

No matter how well the New York Islanders play against the Philadelphia Flyers, they simply can’t find a way to beat them.

The evidence was on full display Thursday night.

Despite outplaying Philadelphia for much of the game, the Islanders were once again stymied by goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 33 saves and improved to 7-0-0 lifetime against New York in the Flyers’ 3-2 victory at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

With the loss, the Islanders are once again five games under the .500 mark (15-20-6) and are 1-18-5 against Philadelphia since the end of the 2006-07 season.

Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier scored for the Flyers (26-12-4), who will go for their third straight victory Saturday night at Nashville.

“I don’t know what it is,” Hartnell said when asked to explain Philadelphia’s remarkable success against the Islanders. “It’s been a lot of games — I don’t know if in a row, but 24, 25 I think it is. Some teams just have a team’s number. They haven’t had the best team success the last few years since I’ve been around. I don’t want to say it’s been easy, but when you have confidence coming into the building and you have a feeling you’re going to win, it’s a great feeling to have.”

Hartnell broke a scoreless tie via the power play at 17:20 of the opening period. Shortly after goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was whistled for tripping, Hartnell redirected Jaromir Jagr’s feed from the bottom of the right circle past the Isles’ goaltender to make it 1-0. It was Hartnell’s 19th goal of the season and Jagr’s 83rd career assist against the Islanders.

Philadelphia took the one-goal lead into the first intermission despite being outshot by a 12-8 margin.

“It’s frustrating for the guys,” Isles coach Jack Capuano said. “This is one that I really thought we played well. We came out slow in the first five or six minutes and didn’t generate what we wanted to generate. But after that, I thought we played extremely well.”

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Sabres snap slide by edging Leafs 3-2

With a seven-game road trip staring them in the face, Friday night’s visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs was a must-win game as the struggling Buffalo Sabres — and they won it, though not easily.

Buffalo blew an early two-goal lead, but Jason Pominville put the Sabres ahead to stay with 5:47 left in the second period and they held off the Leafs 3-2 at First Niagara Center.

The Sabres (19-19-5) entered the night 11th in the East — and even with the win they remained five points behind Washington for the final playoff berth. But with their next seven games on the road, they knew this was a win they had to have.

“It wasn’t our best game, so it was nice to be able to get that one,” Pominville said. “It was fun to see guys keep their composure. We’re not going through the stretch we would want, but we were playing well.”

Matt Ellis and Paul Gaustad had first-period goals for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game slide and won for just the third time in seven games (3-7-2). Ryan Miller stopped 24 shots as the Sabres earned a split of a home-and-home series after losing 2-0 in Toronto on Tuesday.

The win came hours after owner Terry Pegula reaffirmed his faith in the team. The first-year owner blamed the Sabres’ struggles on a rash of injuries, and expressed confidence his team is not far from bouncing back.

“It’s nice of him to put that belief in us,” Miller said. “We’ve got a lot more work to pay him back.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

January 14th, 2003 Ryan Miller Records His First Career Shutout vs. Wild

On This Day 9 Years Ago Current Sabres Starting Goaltender Ryan Miller Recorded his First Career Shutout over the Minnesota Wild in a 1-0 Sabres Victory. Denis Hamel recorded the only goal with less than 12:30 left in the game. Miller outdueled former Sabres Goalie Dwayne Roloson making 22 Saves on the Night. Since Miller has recorded 22 more Shutouts over the last 7 Seasons.

Injury Report:

NY Islanders: Katic Left Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), DiPietro Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Montoya Concussion(Out), Mottau Concussion-Like Symptoms(Out), Reasoner Broken Right Thumb(Out)

Buffalo: Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Ennis Left Ankle(Out), Sekera Upper Body(Out), Ehrhoff Upper Body(Out), McNabb Concussion(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Jan 16 at Detroit Red Wings 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 18 at Chicago Blackhawks 7:30 PM(NBCS HD)

Jan 19 at Winnipeg Jets 8:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)

Jan 21 at St. Louis Blues 8:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 24 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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