Islanders continue homestand against depleted Sabres

Buffalo (31-24-7) at NY Islanders (18-36-7), 7:00 p.m. EST

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) — The New York Islanders did not
begin their season-high, six-game homestand on a good note.

Looking to bounce back from a deflating loss, the Islanders
continue their extensive stay at Nassau Coliseum when they host
the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

New York suffered its fourth loss in five contests with
Thursday’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

All-Star defenseman Mark Streit and Jon Sim each recorded a goal
and an assist and Sean Bergenheim and newly acquired Dean
McAmmond also tallied for the Islanders, who fell to 5-1-3 in
their last nine home games.

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Meanwhile, the injury-plagued Sabres lost their second game in
row with Thursday’s 2-1 shootout setback to the Carolina

Buffalo has been without Thomas Vanek – the team’s leading
scorer – for eight games and will not get him back from the
fractured jaw for at least another two weeks. The Sabres are
3-4-1 without the Austrian, who has recorded 32 goals and 20

Goaltender Ryan Miller suffered an ankle injury in last
Saturday’s 4-2 win over the New York Rangers and is likely to
miss at least another seven games, according to the Buffalo