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Islanders Return Home for First Time Since Playoff Clinching Shootout Win

Monday, 04.16.2007 / 8:15 AM ET / News
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Islanders Return Home for First Time Since Playoff Clinching Shootout Win
No. 1 Buffalo at No. 8 NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m., VERSUS

Tonight on Versus, the No. 8 New York Islanders will seek their first postseason victory at home since April 28, 2002 when they take on the No. 1 Buffalo Sabres in Game Three of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

With that said, the surprising Islanders gained home-ice advantage Saturday with a 3-2 win over the Sabres in Buffalo. The Islanders were sparked by their franchise goalie, Rick DiPietro returning for the first time since suffering two concussions three weeks ago. DiPietro made 32 saves in the win.

The Islanders will be looking to not let history repeat itself. New York failed to take advantage of similar situations in their previous two playoff appearances. They earned one road win in the first two games against Ottawa in 2003 and Tampa Bay in 2004, but did not win another contest after that in either series.

Buffalo meanwhile has not played up to its regular season NHL leading 113 points. Chris Drury scored two goals in Game One of the series and remains the only forward to score for the Sabres on a team that was known during the regular season as a scoring machine. Daniel Briere (32 goals) and Thomas Vanek (43 goals), the team’s two leading scorers, have yet to score a goal in the series.

Buffalo did lead the league in winning on the road during the regular season with a 25-12-4 mark away from the HSBC Arena. The Sabres split two visits to the Nassau Coliseum, a 3-0 victory on Oct. 26 and a 5-3 defeat Jan. 27.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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