Buffalo takes on New York on 5-game losing streak
Buffalo Sabres (31-36-10, sixth in the Atlantic Division) vs. New York Islanders (45-26-7, second in the Metropolitan Division)
Uniondale, New York; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Buffalo looks to break its five-game losing streak with a win over New York.
The Islanders are 27-16-5 in conference matchups. New York is last in the Eastern Conference shooting 28.6 shots per game.
The Sabres have gone 11-23-5 away from home. Buffalo has given up 40 power-play goals, killing 80.4 percent of opponent chances. In their last matchup on Feb. 12, Buffalo won 3-1. Jack Eichel recorded a team-high 2 points for the Sabres.
TOP PERFORMERS: Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders with 43 assists and has collected 61 points this season. Anders Lee has recorded 6 points over the last 10 games for New York.
LAST 10 GAMES: Sabres: 1-8-1, averaging 1.6 goals, 2.8 assists, 3.3 penalties and 6.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.6 goals per game with a .892 save percentage.
Islanders: 6-4-0, averaging 1.9 goals, 3.2 assists, 2.9 penalties and 7.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .928 save percentage.
Islanders Injuries: Andrew Ladd: out for season (torn acl), Valtteri Filppula: out (upper body).
Sabres Injuries: Zach Bogosian: day to day (undisclosed), Rasmus Ristolainen: day to day (illness).