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Sabres and Islanders Look To Keep Fading Playoffs Hopes Alive In Matchup at FNC

@ 7:00 PM

Last Game:

NY Islanders: Feb 20 at Senators Loss 6-0

Buffalo: Feb 19 vs. Penguins Win 6-2

Record:

NY Islanders: 25-26-8

Buffalo: 25-27-7

Points:

NY Islanders: 58

Buffalo: 57

Rank In Conference:

NY Islanders: 12th

Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:

NY Islanders: 19.2(T-7th)

Buffalo: 15.8(21st)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

NY Islanders: 83.1(12th)

Buffalo: 80.4(24th)

Goals For:

NY Islanders: 135(27th)

Buffalo: 143(24th)

Goals Against:

NY Islanders: 171(T-21st)

Buffalo: 171(T-21st)

Shots For:

NY Islanders: 1757(T-15th)

Buffalo: 1710(19th)

Shots Against:

NY Islanders: 1780(16th)

Buffalo: 1832(25th)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: 1013(1st)

Buffalo: 742(T-25th)

Hits:

NY Islanders: 1367(12th)

Buffalo: 1059(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:

NY Islanders: 47.6(27th)

Buffalo: 49.7(T-18th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

NY Islanders: Moulson(25), Tavares(24), Grabner(15), Okposo(13)

Buffalo: Pominville(23), Vanek(21), Roy(13), Stafford and Adam(10)

Assists:

NY Islanders: Parenteau(41), Tavares(34) Streit(28), Moulson(25)

Buffalo: Pominville(34), Vanek(24), Ehrhoff(20), Roy(19)

Points:

NY Islanders: Tavares(58), Parenteau(53), Moulson(50), Streit(33)

Buffalo: Pominville(57), Vanek(45), Roy(32), Stafford(28)

Plus/Minus:

NY Islanders: Moulson(+5), Hamonic(+4), de Haan, Ness, and Ullstrom(+1), Rakhshani, Wishart, and Haley(EV)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Gerbe(+4), Hecht, Ennis, and Gaustad(+1), Szczechura, Whitmore, and Sekera(EV)

Penalty Minutes:

NY Islanders: M. Martin(87), Parenteau(73), Hamonic(57), Staios(43)

Buffalo: Kaleta(86), Gaustad(65), McCormick(49), Vanek(46)

Shots:

NY Islanders: Tavares(216), Moulson(165), Grabner(129), Parenteau(125)

Buffalo: Pominville(167), Stafford(155), Vanek(151), Roy(125)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: A. MacDonald(132), Hamonic(115), Staios(102), Jurcina(91)

Buffalo: Regehr(82), Leopold(76), Sekera(69), Ehrhoff(61)

Hits:

NY Islanders: M. Martin(273), Hamonic(133), Jurcina(123), Niederreiter(87)

Buffalo: Regehr(126), Kaleta(98), Gaustad(93), Weber(78)

Face-Off Wins:

NY Islanders: Tavares(575), Nielsen(391), Bailey(288), Reasoner(200)

Buffalo: Gaustad(466),  Roy(462), Pominville(158), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

NY Islanders: Kevin Poulin 2-3-0 3.29 GAA .896 SV%

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 17-17-3 2.80 GAA .906 SV% 3 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 4 Sabres Won(SO) 4-3

Season Series: Islanders Lead 2-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 72-55-23

All-Time vs. NYI: Sabres Lead 40-23-9

Senators rout Islanders 6-0

Ottawa spent a Monday afternoon matinee against the New York Islanders emphatically answering any questions about the effects of a four-day break.

In fact, the Senators sucked the air out of a hopeful Nassau Coliseum crowd – on hand to see if the Islanders could close the six-point gap between them and the eighth-place Toronto Maple Leafs – before many of them had time to find their seats in a 6-0 rout of the Islanders.

Ottawa led 2-0 after just 1:35 through goals by Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza, sending Isles starter Kevin Poulin to the bench in just 95 seconds. The Senators (31-22-8) wound up getting two goals and two assists from Karlsson, the NHL’s highest-scoring defenseman, and two goals from Spezza.

“Six-to-nothing. That sums it up pretty well,” said Senators coach Paul MacLean when asked about the effects of a four-day break, one that included two complete days off the ice, this late in the season.

“I thought our team was really ready to play. Scoring in the first minutes, getting two goals in the first 90 seconds, was good. It was a good sign of our preparation and our willingness to compete today against a team that we knew was going to be able to skate real well. … We were very pleased with how we started and how we ended.”

The Senators finished with four goals from their defense, as Chris Phillips and Brian Lee also scored to support Craig Anderson’s third shutout of the season. Anderson was rarely tested while stopping 28 shots, but the goalie said his defense deserved much of the credit.

“Allowing me to see the puck, that’s huge,” Anderson said. “When a goalie can see the puck, he’s going to stop most times than not.”

Ottawa improved to 4-0-1 in its last five games and moved within one point of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in the conference standings. The Senators lead eighth-place Toronto by six points.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020883&navid=sb:recap

Sabres end skid with 6-2 win over Pens

The Buffalo Sabres emphatically put an end to their four-game skid Sunday afternoon.

Derek Roy redirected Jason Pominville’s centering pass through Marc-Andre Fleury’s legs for a shorthanded goal as part of Buffalo’s three-goal third period in securing a 6-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at First Niagara Center.

With the victory, the Sabres snapped a four-game skid (0-3-1) and Roy finished with two goals and an assist to enjoy his best outing in nearly four months.

“Finishing the chances is obviously key,” said Roy, who was staring at an open side only to have Fleury kick out his left pad in preventing the Sabres from building a 3-1 lead with 7:20 left in the second period.

“He made a nice save. But at the same time, you want to finish that and get up three goals and close the game out,” Roy said. “In the third period, I was really mad and I wanted to go out and score a goal.”

It was a breakout performance for Roy, whose 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in three games matched what he had in his previous 20 (3 goals, 2 assists).

Pominville had a goal and two assists, while Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis also scored in helping Buffalo (25-27-7) move out of a tie with Carolina for last place in the Eastern Conference.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020873&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

February 21, 1974 Sabres Defensemen Tim Horton Dies in Tragic Car Crash

On This Day 38 Years ago the Sabres lost Tim Horton who got in a car crash on the way back from a game in Toronto. The Sabres lost to the Leafs on the 23rd 4-2 at Maple Leafs Gardens. When Horton was traveling back to Buffalo on the QEW he lost control of his sports car and hit a concrete convert. Horton at the time of impact was going at 100 mph and didn’t have his seatbelt on. As result of the crash Horton was launched from the vehicle. He was dead on arrival at a local hospital on February 24th. An autopsy report showed that Horton was two time over the legal limit at the time of the Accident. The Sabres would play that same night and come back from a 4-1 deficit to finish with a 4-4 tie. The 73-74 Sabres wouldn’t recover after Horton’s death finishing with a 32-34-12 record and missing the playoffs. The Sabres retired Horton number 2 January 15, 1996.

Injury Report:

NY Islanders: Katic Left Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), DiPietro Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Mottau Concussion-Like Symptoms((IR/Out), Hamonic Facial Lacerations/Broken Nose(IR/Out), Reese Sprain Left Knee(IR/Out), Nabokov Flu-Like Symptoms(Questionable)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 24 vs. Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 25 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 29 at Anaheim Ducks 10:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 1 at San Jose Shark 10:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 3 at Vancouver Canucks 10:00 PM(MSG HD and CBC HD)

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