new york ISLANDERS (0-1-0-0)
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.
I think we should go with Miller again...I hope we show him some confidence so he doesnt think it was his fault with that disgusting outing in Philly.
Also they better not dress Fitzpatrick tonite...I have been very displeased with these roster movements
Fitzy instead of Campbell
:Botteril instead of Roy
Why dont we see what this kid can do...let him play the season opener in Buffalo...the fans will love it and I think Derek would have a great game..if he doesnt work out , Big Deal..send him back down at least we would know for sure if he can cut it this season instead of all this Roy will be great...well lets see it!!
But I dont even know why im wasting my time....Botteril will be back...Biron will start and we will tie the islanders 3-3
I think its gonna be a real good game much more exciting than the philly game and more fights, these teams usually get a bit testy. I saw Miller gets the start again, the power play comes around and sabres win 3-1 with goals from brier, satan, and drury.
Is DiPietro the goalie with the amazing glove hand? I remmeber one game the sabres played a year or 2 ago against them and their goalie just had a fantastic glove hand. I think both teams were embarresed in their openers and will make it an exciting game to watch, Im favoring the sabres more though because its our home opener and we cannot afford to lose. All signs seem to indicate Miller will start again tonight as well.
ya know....I save a beer before each game to pound when the sabres score their first goal....I've waited 4 periods now and I've been teased once tonight (the referees are blind) I'm getting sick and tired of no offense, they better make some chemistry in the 2nd and 3rd periods or mix up the lines, I want my beer!