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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 2/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY ISLANDERS (7-9-0-1, 15 pts.) at BUFFALO (6-11-0-1, 13 pts.)
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Saturday, 2/23/2013 7:05 PM
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65NY ISLANDERS+105Ov 5.5,-120+110Ov 5.5,-115
66BUFFALO-125Un 5.5,+100-130Un 5.5,-105
NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-10-0-2.27-10-2.211-62.929.93.529.8
Team Stats (Road Games)5-4-0+2.65-4+2.66-33.629.63.433.1
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.63-2+1.64-12.829.23.430.8
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)175072317325089.8%711825.4%83
Team Stats (Road Games)932514103226612.0%27933.3%48
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514084211469.6%20525.0%23
Stats Against (All Games) 601517271450711.8%601016.7%104
Stats Against (Road Games) 31111091129810.4%35514.3%52
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 175750015411.0%22627.3%31
NY ISLANDERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)33837185.5%00-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
RICK DIPIETRO (Road Games)22534686.8%00-2-20-2-0-21-1
RICK DIPIETRO (Last 4 Games)33837185.5%00-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)141442037689.5%07-7+0.97-7-0+19-5
EVGENI NABOKOV (Road Games)7724422190.6%05-2+4.65-2-0+45-2
EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)4412811489.1%03-1+2.63-1-0+24-0

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-12-0-7.26-12-7.210-82.730.13.333.6
Team Stats (Home Games)3-6-0-4.83-6-4.86-32.932.13.132.7
Last 5 Games1-4-0-3.31-4-3.32-31.832.62.632.4
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1848121520135418.9%65812.3%83
Team Stats (Home Games)9267711122899.0%32721.9%44
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)59324001635.5%1715.9%16
Stats Against (All Games) 59132817136049.8%731520.5%97
Stats Against (Home Games) 287119122949.5%29827.6%47
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13463001628.0%20420.0%22
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)32726184.7%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)32726184.7%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
RYAN MILLER (All Games)161653048591.5%16-10-5.16-10-0-58-8
RYAN MILLER (Home Games)9929226691.1%03-6-4.83-6-0-56-3
RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)4413112091.6%01-3-2.31-3-0-22-2
Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.31,  BUFFALO 3.15
1/27/2013at WINNIPEG4-5L0, +115L5.5 ovO
1/29/2013at PITTSBURGH4-1W0, +170W5.5 ovU
1/31/2013at NEW JERSEY5-4W0, +120W5 ovO
2/3/2013NEW JERSEY0-3L0, -125L5.5 unU
2/5/2013PITTSBURGH2-4L0, +125L5.5 ovO
2/7/2013at NY RANGERS1-4L0, +140L5.5 unU
2/9/2013BUFFALO2-3L0, -120L5.5 ovU
2/11/2013CAROLINA4-6L0, -115L5.5 ovO
2/14/2013at NY RANGERS4-3W0, +135W5.5 unO
2/16/2013NEW JERSEY5-1W0, -105W5.5 unO
2/18/2013PHILADELPHIA0-7L0, -110L5.5 ovO
2/19/2013at OTTAWA1-3L0, +105L5.5 unU
2/21/2013at MONTREAL4-3W0, +130W5.5 unO
2/23/2013at BUFFALO 

BUFFALO - Schedule
1/27/2013at WASHINGTON2-3L0, +100L5.5 unU
1/29/2013TORONTO3-4L0, -155L5.5 unO
1/31/2013at BOSTON7-4W0, +155W5.5 unO
2/2/2013at MONTREAL1-6L0, +110L5.5 unO
2/3/2013FLORIDA3-4L0, -140L5.5 unO
2/5/2013at OTTAWA3-4L0, +125L5.5 unO
2/7/2013MONTREAL5-4W0, -140W5.5 unO
2/9/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-2W0, +100W5.5 ovU
2/10/2013BOSTON1-3L0, +125L5.5 evU
2/12/2013at OTTAWA0-2L0, +120L5.5 unU
2/15/2013BOSTON4-2W0, +115W5.5 unO
2/17/2013PITTSBURGH3-4L0, +115L5.5 ovO
2/19/2013WINNIPEG1-2L0, -145L5.5 unU
2/21/2013at TORONTO1-3L0, +100L5.5 unU
2/23/2013NY ISLANDERS 
2/26/2013at TAMPA BAY 
2/28/2013at FLORIDA 
3/2/2013NEW JERSEY 
3/3/2013at NY RANGERS 
3/5/2013at CAROLINA 

LAST SEASON: 34-37-7, 79 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference.

COACH: Jack Capuano, 3rd season with Islanders, 60-66-21; 3rd overall in NHL.

ADDED: D Lubomir Visnovsky, D Matt Carkner, RW Brad Boyes, LW Eric Boulton, D Radek Martinek.

LOST: RW P.A. Parenteau, G Al Montoya, C Micheal Haley.

PLAYER TO WATCH: John Tavares. Fresh off his first 30-goal season in the NHL, the 22-year-old center is already establishing himself as a star heading into his fourth year with the Islanders. Tavares has increased his goal and point totals each season, topping out at 31 goals and 81 points in 2011-12 while playing in all 82 games.

OUTLOOK: With veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov behind them, the Islanders could surprise some people in a short season. With young talent up front, led by Tavares, the up-and-coming club could hang around and perhaps sneak into a playoff spot in the sprint to the finish.


LAST SEASON: 39-32-11, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Eastern Conference

COACH: Lindy Ruff, 15th season with Sabres and NHL, 565-422-161.

ADDED: C Steve Ott, LW John Scott, D Adam Pardy, rookie C Mikhail Grigorenko.

LOST: C Derek Roy, RW Brad Boyes.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Grigorenko, 18-year-old Russian-born first-round draft pick, who will be given opportunity to immediately make Sabres roster. Skilled, playmaking center already has 29 goals, 21 assists for 50 points in 30 games for Patrick Roy-coached Quebec of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.

OUTLOOK: Sabres counting on additions of grit (Ott, Scott) and skill - including late-season acquisition of C Cody Hodgson - to improve high-priced under-achieving lineup that was one of NHL's biggest busts last year. Must stay healthy and get consistent goaltending from Ryan Miller, and steady production from top-two lines to start matching free-spending owner Terry Pegula's objective to deliver a winner.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY ISLANDERS-BUFFALO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(UPDATES with G DiPietro being put on waivers)

*Islanders-Sabres Preview* ==========================


New York (7-9-1) at Buffalo (6-11-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT

For the moment, the Buffalo Sabres are not playing any better under their new coach than they did for the old one.

Hoping to avoid a season-high fourth straight loss, the Sabres look to give interim coach Ron Rolston his first victory when they try to continue their recent success against the visiting New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Still feeling the aftershock from the firing of longtime coach Lindy Ruff a day earlier, Buffalo (6-11-1) lost 3-1 at Toronto in Rolston's debut Thursday. The Sabres have lost five of six and their 13 points are tied for the third-fewest in the league.

Rolston coached Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Rochester and Ruff, who played 10 seasons for the Sabres, was the NHL's longest tenured coach.

"It's a change that if we're playing better doesn't happen, but we're moving forward," said forward Tyler Ennis, who scored his first goal in five games. "I think (Rolston's) a great coach. We just have to get some wins."

In order to do that, Buffalo must improve offensively.

The Sabres have been held to one goal three times and shut out another over the last six games. They're converting only 12.3 percent of their power-play chances this season, and 2 of 40 this month.

"Most importantly, we need to generate more shots, more scoring chances," Rolston said. "We've got to shoot and get more traffic in front. We've got the guys back there (on defense) who can really shoot it. If we can establish that, it should really open things up for us."

Cutting down on the number of shots they allow would also help, as the Sabres are giving a league-worst 33.6 per game.

Opponents are also 4 of 12 on the power play in Buffalo's last four games. One of the Maple Leafs' two came during their two-goal second period. The 28 second-period goals Buffalo has yielded are the most in the NHL.

"We just need to go back at it and get better," said Rolston, who inherits a team that allows 3.3 goals per contest.

Rolston hopes to see some improvement at home where the Sabres were often booed during a 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday in Ruff's finale. However, they'll be looking for a fourth consecutive victory against the Islanders (7-9-1).

Thomas Vanek had a goal with an assist and Ryan Miller made a season-high 41 saves Feb. 9 when the Sabres won 3-2 at New York despite recording 15 shots on goal.

Vanek ranks among the league leaders with 12 goals but has one in six games. He has two with an assist in his last two against the Islanders.

Miller has a 1.95 goals-against average in the last three versus New York.

The Islanders decided to put oft-injured goalie Rick DiPietro on waivers on Friday, and he'll likely be headed to the minors once he clears, as expected.

The 31-year-old DiPietro, who signed a 15-year contract with New York in 2006, has gone 0-3-0 with a 4.09 GAA in only three games this season while serving as the backup to Evgeni Nabokov.

The Islanders overcame a pair of two-goal deficits to win 4-3 in overtime at Montreal on Thursday. Matt Moulson scored twice on the power play and Thomas Hickey notched the winner for his first NHL goal.

"It's really been a struggle for us this year, starting off on the wrong foot," said star forward John Tavares, who added two assists. "But it's a good way to battle back and know that we can do that."

Though New York allows 3.5 goals per contest, it's converting a league-high 33.3 percent (9 of 27) of its power-play opportunities on the road.

Tavares had a goal against the Sabres this month but has gone without a point in his last two at Buffalo. Moulson has no points in the last three overall in the series.

Last Updated: 6/22/2018 7:41:10 PM EST

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