Buffalo, New York; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Buffalo Sabres take on the New York Islanders in a matchup of two of the top Eastern Conference teams.
The Sabres are 5-2-1 against Eastern Conference opponents. Buffalo leads the league with 14 power-play goals, led by Victor Olofsson with six.
The Islanders are 5-2-0 in Eastern Conference play. New York ranks fourth in the league shooting 11.5% and averaging 3.2 goals on 27.5 shots per game.
The teams meet Saturday for the first time this season.
LAST 10 GAMES: Islanders: 8-2-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.2 assists, 3.8 penalties and 9.8 penalty minutes while allowing 2.5 goals per game with a .921 save percentage.
Sabres: 6-3-1, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.7 assists, 3.2 penalties and 6.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .925 save percentage.
Sabres Injuries: Jimmy Vesey: day to day (upper body), Marco Scandella: day to day (lower body).
Islanders Injuries: None listed.