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OGT: Home Opener: Islanders @ Sabres (10/11)

Official Game Thread

new york ISLANDERS (0-1-0-0)
at
buffalo SABRES (0-1-0-0)

7pm ET, HSBC Arena
TV: Empire, FSNY. Radio: WNSA 107.7FM

EXPECTED STARTING GOALIES
NYI - #39 rick DiPIETRO (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO)
BUF - #30 ryan MILLER (0-1-0, 2.07 GAA, .923 sv%, 0 SO)

GAME NOTES: Buffalo and New York faced each other in the Sabres home opener last year, a game which Buffalo took, 5-1... It's the first of four meetings on the season. The Isles, who defeated Buffalo twice in overtime last season, won the 2002-03 series six points to four. The Isles now own a three-game win streak over Buffalo for the first time since 1995-96... Jason Blake scored two overtime goals for the Isles against Buffalo last season, marking the first time an Islander player has ever scored two overtime goals in one regular season against the same opponent... The Isles are 4-7-2-1 in 14 all-time visits to the HSBC Arena.

INJURIES
NYI
11 mattias WEINHANDL (broken foot)
BUF
18 tim CONNOLLY (concussion)
26 eric BOULTON (hand)
71 jochen HECHT (broken arm)

ALL TIME SERIES
118 gp, BUF 57 - NYI 43 - 18 ties

SEASON SERIES
Oct. 11 - NYI at BUF
Jan. 17 - BUF at NYI
Feb. 21 - BUF at NYI
Feb. 27 - NYI at BUF


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