BUFFALO, NY — The New York Islanders (23-19-4) are back in action for the second leg of a back-to-back second leg when they take on the Buffalo Sabers (21-19-3). Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Keybank Center.
Before the puck drops, around 6 p.m., the Buffalo Sabers will induct Ryan Miller into their Hall of Famer and his No. 30 jersey.
The New York Islanders didn’t skate Thursday morning, but head coach Lane Lambert will be speaking to us at around 4:15 p.m. to update us.
This morning, according to the NHL’s media outlet, William Dufour was sent back to Bridgeport as Simon Holmstrom is likely to return to the lineup.
While Semyon Varlamov plays the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, Ilya Sorokin is back in action against the Sabers. He takes on Ukko-Pekka Luukkonn in what should be a fun goalie matchup.
The Islanders face off against former player Kyle Okposo, who is in his first season as captain of the Sabers. They also face Bridgeport Islanders head coach Brent Thompson’s son, Tage Thompson, who has had a monster season with 32 goals and 27 assists in 43 games.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Zach Parise-Mathew Barzal-Josh Bailey
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Simon Holmstrom
Anthony Beauvillier-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Hudson Mardi Gras
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Dennis Cholowski Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson
BUFFALO SABER’S LINES (PROJECT)
Sabers’ lines/pairs in morning skating:
Clague is the extra
UPL in launcher
— Lance Lysowski (@LLysowski) January 19, 2023
Tonight, the New York Islanders visit the Buffalo Sabers in the first of three meetings between the two clubs this season. The last time these teams met was on April 23, 2022 in Buffalo. The Islanders play their first away game tonight since Jan. 6, and four of their last five games against Buffalo have been away at the KeyBank Center.
The Islanders go into tonight’s matchup with a 4-1-1 record in their last six matchups against Atlantic Division teams and will wrap up their ninth straight series of the season tonight after hosting the Bruins at the UBS Arena last night to have .
DRAFTKING’S BETTING CORNER
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Thursday’s competition will be available on MSGSN. On the radio scale, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.
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