Apr 26, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) looks for a pass as New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) defends the net during the second period at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

NYIHC Pregame Report : New York Islanders Vs Buffalo Sabres


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‘The New York Islanders Hardcore’ Pregame Report:

BUFFALO SABRES vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Tonight the New York Islanders (2-2-1, 5 PTS) host the Buffalo Sabres (0-6-1, 1 PT) in game no. 6 of the 2013-14 NHL season. Here’s what you need to know before puck drop…

Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

When: 10/14/2013, 7:00 pm EST

Watch: MSG + (HD)

Listen: WRHU 88.7FM, WRCN 103.9FM

 

The Islanders limp home after suffering two road losses to the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators. In both those losses, New York suffered from periods of weak defensive zone coverage, slow transition and a sputtering offense.

Head coach Jack Capuano has taken the players to task, shuffling up the forward lines and even bringing in veteran Radek Martinek to work out with the team in practice in an effort seen by some as motivation for those already on the active roster.

Either way, this is a very important stretch of games for the Islanders, who play 6 of their next 7 games at the Nassau Coliseum, a building in which, if you remember correctly, they were just not very good last season. Establishing a dominant home ice presence is going to be key going forward for this young group.

Tonight’s opponent, the Buffalo Sabres, limp into Uniondale at 0-6-1 for the worst record in the National Hockey League. They currently reside last in offense with only 7 goals scored in those 7 games. But defensively, they have been more than adequate, ranking 14th in allowing 18 goals against (2.57 per game).

Ryan Miller, who some Islander fans wanted to see in blue and orange this season, will still be wearing blue, white and gold when he takes to the crease tonight for Buffalo. It will be Miller’s 5th start of the season and he brings a .941 save percentage with him.

It is the ultimate trap game for New York , who must not look past Buffalo this evening. For if they do, you might see more than just line juggling from the Islanders front office prior to Thursday’s game against Edmonton.  There is no logical reason Buffalo should get their first win of the season tonight in Long Island.

Then again, nothing is guaranteed right? You still have to work for it.

 

What They’re Saying…

“You’re not going to win many games scoring one goal,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. “We need our top six to step up.” Link

Here’s Jack Capuano on playing Michael Grabner alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo tonight: “With Johnny’s vision and his hockey sense, Grabs is a game-breaker and he can move. You’ve got to be first o nthe forecheck. You’ve got to have some speed to get extended zone time. We played those guys together a little bit in Nashville and last year against Tampa Bay when Moulson didn’t play, so we’ll just see how it goes and take it shift by shift.” Link

Capuano, on his plans for playing Matt Donovan: “You don’t want guys to sit too long. The more you get a young guy in, and the more he can continue to watch the video and be in our team meetings and see what we’re trying to do, it’s going to help. Matt will be back in there for sure. He gives us offense and creativity on the blue line. But sitting a game or two isn’t a bad thing for a young player.” Link

 

Quick Hitters…

  • Thomas Vanek has two goals and two assists in his last four games vs the Islanders
  • Evgeni Nabokov is 3-2-1 with a 1.82 GAA in his last six starts vs Buffalo
  • Buffalo has been outscored in the first period this season 9-1 and outshot 92-56
  • The Islanders are 5-1-2 in their last eight home games vs Buffalo
  • Buffalo leads the all-time series between the two teams 70-60-23
  • John Tavares needs 5 games played to reach 300 and Travis Hamonic 12 to reach 200

 

Projected Lineup…

40 Grabner – 91 Tavares – 21 Okposo
12 Bailey – 51 Nielsen – 96 Bouchard
26- Moulson – 16 Regin – 15 Clutterbuck
17 Martin – 53 Cizikas – 13 McDonald

47 MacDonald – 3 Hamonic
11 Visnovsky – 14 Hickey
37 Strait – 7 Carkner

20 Nabokov
60 Poulin

Scratches: 29 Nelson – 46 Donovan

 

Rich Dias-Rodrigues (@RDNHL) will be covering the game live from the press box.

Please join us in the comment section below for in-game discussion and commentary.

 

 

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  • Rich Diaz

    Ping-ponged off two isles players and squeaks in. Can’t blame nabby there. COmpletely screened

  • Shane Blackburn

    That’s a rough one

  • Shane Blackburn

    Wow!

  • Andy Graziano

    Hell of a play by Martin and Cizikas gets his first!

  • Andy Graziano

    Martin I meant on the goal.

  • Andy Graziano

    Hamonic having a terrible time tonight

    • Rich Diaz

      awful. That tandem is not clicking well

  • Rich Diaz

    Admittedly, that Vanek goal was a keen set play. Why was Vanek left alone? Who knows.

  • Rich Diaz

    KO with nice forecheck on this shift

  • Rich Diaz

    PMB-FN-JB: looking sharp overall. Maybe more FN-JB and at times PMB

  • Rich Diaz

    FN’s line out for FO deep in BUF turf

  • Rich Diaz

    KO with the slot open and he doesn’t shoot. Looks off

  • Rich Diaz

    BOulton with useless scrap. Leaves for the pd

  • Andy Graziano

    This team is in disarray right now.

    • Rich Diaz

      they’re falling into trap set by Scott

  • Rich Diaz

    Hey, Clutzy is regaining form

  • Rich Diaz

    JB with toe drag and pass to no one

    • Shane Blackburn

      He’s gotta shoot it there had the opportunity but went for one extra move.

      • Rich Diaz

        too cute

  • Andy Graziano

    Clutts only 5:57 through 2 TOI – Isles 54 shot attempts to Sabres 44.

    • Rich Diaz

      but what a last 2m though…can’t wait to see him at full clip

  • Andy Graziano

    Isles announce 10,512 – obviously some are wearing invisible jerseys.

    • Rich Diaz

      they’re counting press and personnel and sparky and the vendors and mice and ….

  • Andy Graziano

    Good trick by Ott. The old ‘see someone coming, spin around’

  • Ron Sandhu

    Are you kidding me with these calls ??? JT IS A BEAST !!!

  • Andy Graziano

    JT makes the Sabres look silly and that makes Steve Ott very mad…lol

    • Rich Diaz

      did you see KO go mad…that’s what I need more of

    • Ron Sandhu

      I think JT Is starting to see how the refs like to call crap. If he would have scored with all that stuff he would be under # Play of the week

  • Ron Sandhu

    John Tavares ladies and gentlemen !!!

  • Rich Diaz

    Moulson will eventually get goal

  • Andy Graziano

    Clutts served up Scott on a platter and Marts delivered.

  • Andy Graziano

    Isles score next goal, game could get real testy…..

  • Ron Sandhu

    This hybrid icing is killing the game.

    • Andy Graziano

      Not really …. they miss just as many calls with the old icing too.

      • Ron Sandhu

        Shut up and agree with me Andy

  • Ron Sandhu

    Without Ryan Miller in net this game is a blowout

    • Rich Diaz

      positively absolutely.

  • Ron Sandhu

    Not again

    • Andy Graziano

      Very much again….thanks to Brian Strait.

      • Rich Diaz

        smh

  • Rich Diaz

    Now, do we sit Strait and bring up Matty D? oh lord