GAME PREVIEW: Islanders @ Sabres (Tuesday, November 29, 2011)
Another day, another home game for the Buffalo Sabres (13-9-1). Buffalo can’t seem to crack the .500 mark at home this season, compiling a 6-6-1 record at the First Niagara Center in 2011. On Tuesday night they face off against the New York Islanders (6-11-4) who have struggled to win anywhere this season.
The Sabres will try to carry the momentum from their strong home victory against the Capitals on Saturday over to Tuesday. This is another one of the proverbial games that the Sabres “are supposed” to win if they want to be an elite team. The Islanders are one of the worst teams in the league right now, having lost 14 of their last 17 games and 10 of their last 11 games on the road.
The key for the Sabres will to once again start strong and create scoring opportunities for themselves. While limiting their turnovers and keeping Jhonas Enroth from getting killed with massive quantities of shots on goal. What the Sabres can do is get out-hit, out-shot and give up goals at the very end of periods.
For the Sabres, Tyler Ennis, Mike Weber, Tyler Myers, Brad Boyes and Ryan Miller are all out indefinitely. Cody McCormick, Patrick Kaleta, Robyn Regehr and Drew Stafford are listed as day-to-day for Buffalo.
Mark Eaton, Mark Katic, Evgeni Nabokov and Jay Pandolfo are all out indefinitely for the Islanders.
Jhonas Enroth will start in goal once again for the Sabres. Al Montoya is expected to draw the start between the pipes for the Islanders.
The odds-makers have installed the Sabres (-175) as a strong home favorite, mostly because of the opponent. The Sabres themselves have only won 2 of their last 6 games.
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2011
Time: 7:00 ET
Location: First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY