The Islanders have won six in a row from the Sabres since a 5-1
road loss on October 10, 2002. They have not swept the Sabres
New York has outscored the Sabres, 14-3, in the three meetings
this season. The Islanders are six points ahead of the Sabres
for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders fell three points behind the seventh-place
Montreal Canadiens after losing, 6-3, to the rival New York
Rangers on Thursday.
Hoping to give Rick DiPietro some rest, Islanders coach Steve
Stirling started Garth Snow. But Snow was pulled 4:35 into the
game after allowing two goals and later came back when DiPietro
gave up three more goals. The Islanders lost all six meetings
with the Rangers this season.
Former Sabres center Michael Peca left Thursday's game in the
first period with a right leg laceration and is day-to-day.
Buffalo has lost two in a row following a six-game unbeaten
streak. The Sabres followed Saturday's loss by getting routed,
8-2, at New Jersey on Wednesday. Mika Noronen allowed five
goals on 24 shots before being replaced by Martin Biron early in
the second period. On Saturday, Biron was pulled after
allowing four goals on 25 shots.
The Sabres have not lost three in a row since January 15-20.