Friday, March 24, 2023
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NHL Preview: Buffalo Sabres (32-26-4) at New York Islanders (32-25-8)


Monday, March 6
Edmonton 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Skinner, Cozens
Goalies: Anderson (34 saves/37 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 39 – Edmonton 37

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 113)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Alex Tuch (lower body, Feb. 26; IR) – 5 games
Riley Stillman (upper body, March 6) – 1 game
Mattias Samuelsson (upper body, March 6) – 1 game

3/2: Added D Riley Stillman to the active roster; Placed D Rasmus Dahlin on injured reserve; Traded F Anders Bjork to Chicago in exchange for future considerations
3/3: Acquired D Austin Strand from Anaheim in exchange for D Chase Priskie; Acquired F Jordan Greenway from Minnesota in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft (VGK) and a fifth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft; Acquired a seventh-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft in exchange for F Rasmus Asplund

3/4: Activated D Rasmus Dahlin off injured reserve

Thursday, March 9: Dallas at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 11: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 13: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 17: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.

• This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
• Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New York 3-2 in Buffalo on Jan. 19.
• Next meeting: Saturday, March 25 in New York
• The Sabres are 5-5 in their last 10 games against the Islanders; 0-8-2 on the road.
• This is the 186th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 87-73-25 series record.
• The Sabres are 17-16-8 on the road against the Islanders all-time.

• A win today would give the Sabres four consecutive wins over the Islanders for the first time since they earned six straight wins over New York from Oct. 5, 2005 to Jan. 1, 2007.

• A win today would also give Buffalo 33 wins on the season, one more than they earned in 82 games in 2021-22. Buffalo last earned 33 or more wins in 2018-19 (33).

• Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 15 points (1+14) in his last 16 games and is one assist away from becoming the first Sabres defenseman since Phil Housley in 1989-90 (60) to record 50 or more assists in a single season.

• With an assist, he would join Housley and John Van Boxmeer as the only defensemen in franchise history to reach 50 assists in a single season.

• Tage Thompson has recorded 33 points (16+17) in his last 29 games, including 14 points (7+7) in his last nine games.

• Thompson needs one goal in tonight’s game to become the first Sabres skater to record 43 or more goals in a season since Thomas Vanek (43) in 2006-07.

• With a point in tonight’s game, Thompson would earn his eighth point streak of three or more games this season.

• In his last 41 games, Jeff Skinner has notched 49 points (22+27), including 13 points (7+6) in his last 10 games.

• A goal in tonight’s game would mark the second time Skinner has recorded a goal streak of three or more games in 2022-23.

• Casey Mittelstadt (3+9) has collected 12 points in his last 12 games and a point in tonight’s game would give him his first four-game point streak of 2022-23.

• Mittelstadt currently has three points streaks of four or more games in his career.

• In his last 5 games, Dylan Cozens has recorded 6 points (4+2) and a point in tonight’s game would give him a three-game point streak.

• In his last 10 games, Jack Quinn has recorded nine points (4+5).

• Today’s game concludes Buffalo’s 11th of 15 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 3-2 defeat at home against the Edmonton Oilers. The Sabres are 5-5-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-6-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in back-to-back sets this season is: four points (3), three points (0), two points (2), one point (2) and zero points (3).


Saturday, March 4 Win NYI 4 vs. DET 1 Parise, Lee (2),
Sorokin (22/23)
Detroit’s Dylan Larkin opened the score in the second frame, but Zach Parise responded and Anders Lee scored twice as
the Islanders scored four unanswered goals and defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at UBS Arena.
Hudson Fasching and Casey Cizikas tallied assists, and netminder Ilya Sorokin turned aside 22 of 23 shots faced to help
the Islanders collect their seventh straight home-ice victory against the Red Wings.

Mar. 2 Arnaud Durandeau has been returned on loan to Bridgeport.
Mar. 1 Goaltender Tristan Lennox has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.
Feb. 28 The New York Islanders have acquired forward Pierre Engvall from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange
for a third round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.
Feb. 22 Andy Andreoff has been returned on loan to Bridgeport. Otto Koivula has been recalled from loan.
Feb. 19 Arnaud Durandeau has been emergency recalled from Bridgeport.
Feb. 17 Otto Koivula has been returned on loan to Bridgeport.


3 Adam Pelech Dec. 9 – Jan. 21

8 Noah Dobson Jan. 23 – Jan. 28

10 Simon Holmstrom Dec. 23 – Jan. 6

12 Josh Bailey Nov. 29, Feb. 18 – Feb. 24

13 Mathew Barzal Jan. 6, Feb. 20 –

15 Cal Clutterbuck Oct. 13, Nov. 8, Dec. 2- Dec. 6, Dec. 17 – Jan. 3, Jan. 21 –

20 Hudson Fasching Jan. 19 – Jan. 28

21 Kyle Palmieri Nov. 23 – Dec. 13, Dec. 17 – Jan. 21

25 Sebastian Aho Oct. 13 – Oct. 20

26 Oliver Wahlstrom Oct. 13, Dec. 29 –

40 Semyon Varlamov Dec. 19 – Jan. 1

44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau Feb. 14 –

Man Games Lost: 159

Saturday, Mar. 4 vs. Detroit W (4-1)
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Minnesota L/SO (2-1)
Sunday, Feb. 26 at Winnipeg W (4-0)
Friday, Feb. 24 vs. Los Angeles L (3-2)
Wednesday, Feb. 22 vs. Winnipeg W (2-1)
Monday, Feb. 20 at Pittsburgh W (4-2)

Mar. 9 at Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA) 7:00pm
Mar. 11 vs. Washington UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 7:30pm
Mar. 14 at Los Angeles Arena (Los Angeles, CA) 10:30pm
Mar. 15 at Anaheim Honda Center (Anaheim, CA) 10:00pm
Mar. 18 at San Jose SAP Center (San Jose, CA) 10:30pm

Last five meetings (1-2-2)
Jan. 19, 2023 KeyBank Center (Buffalo, NY) OT Loss (3-2)
Apr. 23, 2022 KeyBank Center (Buffalo, NY) Loss (5-3)
Feb. 15, 2022 KeyBank Center (Buffalo, NY) Loss (6-3)
Dec. 30, 2021 UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) Win (4-1)
May 4, 2021 KeyBank Center (Buffalo, NY) SO Loss (4-3)

2022-23 0-0-1
Franchise History 80-76-18-11
NYI Home 46-32-9-4
NYI Away 34-44-9-7

Jan. 19, 2023 Keybank Center L/OT, 3-2
Mar. 7, 2023 UBS Arena 7:30pm
Mar. 25, 2023 UBS Arena 5:00pm

Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Buffalo Sabres in the second of three matchups between the two clubs this season. The last time these teams met was January 19, when Matt Martin and Brock Nelson each scored to help the Islanders capture a point in a 3-2 overtime loss. The Islanders enter tonight’s matchup with a ten-game win streak at home against the Sabres, dating back to the 2016-17 campaign. The last time teh Islanders hosted the Sabres was December 30, 2021. Josh Bailey and Noah Dobson each registered muti-point games in a 4-1 Islander win. The Islanders’ collected points for the seventh time in their last nine games (5-2-2) with their comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday afternoon. It was the tenth time in their last 11 meetings that the Islanders collected points against an Atlantic Division opponent, and their seventh straight home-ice win against the Red Wings.

The Islanders enter tonight’s matchup with the best home-ice penalty kill in the league. Through 33 home games this season, the Islanders have shut down 87.2% of opponents’ power plays. Since December 4, the Islanders have allowed just six power play goals on home ice, through 51 times shorthanded.

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