NY Islanders (17-15-2) at Buffalo (24-11-1) 7:00 pm EST
BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) - The Buffalo Sabres look to continue
their charge up the Northeast Division and post their ninth
victory in 10 games Monday when they host the New York
After having its seven-game winning streak and nine-game road
run halted Thursday in Florida, Buffalo bounced back one day
later with a 4-1 triumph against Tampa Bay.
Defenseman Henrik Tallinder had a goal and an assist and Ryan
Miller made 30 saves for the Sabres, who have not lost
consecutive games since a four-game slide from November 2-9 and
are just two points behind the division-leading Ottawa Senators.
The Senators host the New York Rangers on Monday.
The Islanders were unable to recover from an early three-goal
deficit in Friday's 4-2 setback to the Senators. Rick DiPietro
yielded three goals in the first 7:50 but went on to stop
17-of-18 shots over the final two periods to keep it close.
Jason Blake and Mark Parrish each scored for New York, which has
alternated wins and losses in its last eight games.
Buffalo has won all three matchups with New York this season
after the Islanders swept the series in 2003-04.