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New York Islanders (21-7-2)


Sat. 12/7 Mon. 12/9 Thu. 12/12 Sat. 12/14 Tue. 12/17
@ Dal 
L 1-3
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@ TB 
W 5-1
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@ Fla 
W 3-1
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vs. Buf 
10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST12:00 PM CST1:00 PM EST22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 BRT
vs. Nsh 
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST6:00 PM CST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT

Sabres, Islanders ride momentum into New York matchup

By any measure, the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres are two of the most pleasant surprises in the NHL this season. But only the Islanders will be accompanied by completely good feelings Saturday afternoon, when they host the Sabres in Uniondale, N.Y.

Both teams were off Friday after extending winning streaks on Thursday night. The Islanders ended their three-game southern road trip with a second straight win, a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. The host Sabres won their third straight game by beating the Nashville Predators, 4-3.

The three-game winning streak is the longest for the Sabres since they had a pair of three-game runs during an 8-1-1 start, after which they went 5-10-5 over the next 20 games. The current run has been enough to vault Buffalo, whose eight-season postseason drought is the longest in the NHL, into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division.

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Leaders
Points: M. Barzal27
Plus/Minus: M. Barzal14
Shots on Goal: B. Nelson96
PIM: R. Johnston35
Win: T. Greiss11
Shutouts: S. Varlamov1
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 87 (23)
Shots: 848 (31)
PP%: 20.8% (11)
Penalty Minutes: 247 (21)
Assists: 142 (24)
SH Goals: 4 (12)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
Washington 23 5 5 51
NY Islanders 21 7 2 44
Pittsburgh 18 10 4 40
Carolina 19 11 2 40
Philadelphia 17 9 5 39
NY Rangers 16 12 3 35
Columbus 12 14 5 29
New Jersey 9 16 5 23
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 70 (31)
Shots Against: 952 (24)
PK%: 82.9% (12)
Penalty Minutes: 205 (29)
Shutouts: 2 (11)
Sv%: 0.926 (2)
Injuries
Date Player Status
12/9 N. Leddy Lower-body injury (day-to-day)
10/25 T. Kuhnhackl Leg - left game (IR)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
12/6 O. Koivula Sent to minors Bridgeport-AHL
12/5 T. Kuhnhackl Sent to minors Bridgeport-AHL for conditioning stint
11/15 A. Ladd Sent to minors Bridgeport-AHL
11/14 A. Ladd Waived
11/12 O. Koivula Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
11/12 A. Ladd Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
11/9 C. Bardreau Sent to minors Bridgeport-AHL
11/9 O. Wahlstrom Sent to minors Bridgeport-AHL
11/9 O. Koivula Sent to minors Bridgeport-AHL
11/8 O. Koivula Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL