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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.

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



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