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NHL : ATS Matchup
Friday 4/26/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY ISLANDERS (24-17-0-6, 54 pts.) at BUFFALO (20-21-0-6, 46 pts.)
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Friday, 4/26/2013 7:05 PM
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51NY ISLANDERS-125Ov 5.5,-105-125Ov 5.5,-105
52BUFFALO+105Un 5.5,-115+105Un 5.5,-115
NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games24-23-0+0.824-23+0.826-202.930.92.928.3
Team Stats (Road Games)14-9-0+6.914-9+6.912-
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.63-2+0.64-13.832.63.027.8
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)4713837494661214539.5%1523120.4%233
Team Stats (Road Games)23701825225570310.0%641320.3%112
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5199631116311.7%16318.7%32
Stats Against (All Games) 137354254610133010.3%1392820.1%241
Stats Against (Road Games) 64231919336839.4%691420.3%109
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 157431113910.8%15533.3%26
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)40401117101590.9%223-17+6.223-17-0+621-18
EVGENI NABOKOV (Road Games)202058853791.3%114-6+9.914-6-0+811-9
EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)441099789.0%03-1+1.63-1-0+24-0
KEVIN POULIN (All Games)5412210989.3%01-3-2.31-3-0-23-1
KEVIN POULIN (Road Games)21413892.7%00-1-10-1-0-10-1
KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)43958589.5%01-2-11-2-0-12-1

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games20-27-0-3.120-27-3.122-212.628.03.033.4
Team Stats (Home Games)10-13-0-4.810-13-4.813-92.728.63.033.7
Last 5 Games3-2-0+3.13-2+3.12-
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)471233040467913179.3%1602314.4%200
Team Stats (Home Games)2361142122456579.3%791316.5%100
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5153651214010.7%14642.9%23
Stats Against (All Games) 1423456466815729.0%1743721.3%226
Stats Against (Home Games) 70162823337759.0%751621.3%112
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 15573001868.1%10110.0%23
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)12933230591.9%14-5+0.14-5-003-5
JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)7519718593.9%13-2+1.33-2-0+11-4
JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)4311610994.0%12-1+12-1-0+10-3
RYAN MILLER (All Games)39381237113091.4%116-22-3.216-22-0-319-16
RYAN MILLER (Home Games)181857652190.5%07-11-6.17-11-0-612-5
RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)4413111990.8%02-2+2.22-2-0+23-0
Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.08,  BUFFALO 3.09
3/30/2013at PITTSBURGH0-2L0, +190L6 unU
4/1/2013at NEW JERSEY3-1W0, -105W5 ovU
4/2/2013WINNIPEG5-2W0, -125W5.5 unO
4/4/2013at WASHINGTON1-2L0, +130L5.5 evU
4/6/2013TAMPA BAY4-2W0, -125W5.5 evO
4/9/2013PHILADELPHIA4-1W0, -140W5.5 ovU
4/11/2013at BOSTON2-1W0, +130W5 ovU
4/13/2013NY RANGERS0-1L0, -120L5 ovU
4/16/2013FLORIDA5-2W0, -215W5.5 unO
4/18/2013at TORONTO5-3W0, +110W5.5 ovO
4/20/2013at WINNIPEG5-4W0, -110W5.5 unO
4/23/2013at CAROLINA3-4L0, -150L5.5 ovO
4/25/2013at PHILADELPHIA1-2L0, +105L6 evU
4/26/2013at BUFFALO 

BUFFALO - Schedule
3/30/2013WASHINGTON3-4L0, +100L5 ovO
3/31/2013BOSTON0-2L0, +145L5.5 unU
4/2/2013at PITTSBURGH4-1W0, +220W5.5 unU
4/5/2013OTTAWA4-2W0, +115W5 ovO
4/7/2013NEW JERSEY3-2W0, -115W5 unP
4/9/2013at WINNIPEG1-4L0, +135L5.5 unU
4/11/2013MONTREAL1-5L0, +120L5.5 unO
4/13/2013PHILADELPHIA1-0W0, -110W5.5 ovU
4/14/2013TAMPA BAY3-1W0, -120W5.5 ovU
4/17/2013at BOSTON3-2W0, +215W5 ovP
4/19/2013NY RANGERS4-8L0, +105L5 unO
4/22/2013WINNIPEG1-2L0, -105L5.5 unU
4/23/2013at PITTSBURGH4-2W0, +205W5.5 unO
4/26/2013NY ISLANDERS 

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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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


New York (24-16-6) at Buffalo (20-21-6), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Though the New York Islanders have ensured the end of their playoff drought, they don't exactly appear to be heading into the postseason on a roll.

They'll get once more chance to pick up some momentum Friday night as they finish a five-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres in both teams' regular-season finale.

New York has fared well recently in Buffalo, winning four of the last five meetings there, including a 4-0 victory Feb. 23.

The Islanders (24-17-6) played excellent hockey for most of the last month, going 11-1-2 from March 24-April 20 to punch their ticket to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. But some may wonder if they're getting complacent with the last two games ending in defeats against non-playoff teams.

New York followed a shootout loss at Carolina on Tuesday with a 2-1 defeat at Philadelphia on Thursday. John Tavares was perhaps the lone positive for the Islanders, scoring his fourth goal in four games and 28th of the season.

Thursday was the first time since March 30 the Islanders failed to record a point.

"We came out flat again," forward Colin McDonald said. "It's just not good enough. We need to be better. It really doesn't matter that we clinched the playoffs. It doesn't really mean anything. We want to be going into the playoffs playing good hockey, so we have one game left to kind of correct it and head into the playoffs with a good feeling."

Though the Sabres (20-21-6) are already guaranteed to miss the playoffs for a second straight season, they've won four of six and are coming off Tuesday's 4-2 victory at Pittsburgh. Buffalo has accounted for two of the defeats by the Eastern Conference's top seed during the Penguins' current 22-3-0 run.

"Obviously we wanted to be in the playoffs, but that's not going to happen. But guys want to make sure they finish strong," coach Ron Rolston said.

The Sabres' power play has clicked well recently, scoring six times on its last 14 chances - a 42.9 percent success rate compared to 14.4 on the season.

Should Ryan Miller start in goal, it would be his 500th career appearance, and speculation has swirled that it could be his last with Buffalo. Miller has one year remaining on his contract but is one of the most enviable assets on a team that may be in rebuilding mode moving forward.

"There's been a lot of could-be last games as a Sabre the last few years," said Miller, whose 2.87 goals-against average is his worst since becoming Buffalo's No. 1 netminder in 2005-06. "I'm just trying to enjoy the moment. I'll approach it the same way I've approached the other 499 - just put the pads on and try to do your best.

"I don't know which way it's going to go, so I'm not going to talk like I'm gone."

Miller stopped 41 shots as Buffalo won the season's first meeting, 3-2 on Feb. 9 on Long Island.

Last Updated: 5/27/2018 10:38:25 AM EST

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