The Sabres look for their longest winning streak of 2010-11 when they face the Islanders for the second time in a week as the teams open a home-and-home set at HSBC Arena on Friday night.
John Tavares scored three goals for his second NHL hat trick, and Rick DiPietro made 40 saves to help the New York Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 on Saturday night and snap a three-game losing streak.
Buffalo looks to earn a point for the eighth time in nine games Saturday night when it visits an Islanders team that hasn’t been able to shut down opponents in losing three straight.
Not only are the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, both teams may have to recover without their star goaltenders.
Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his 111th NHL shutout, and Ilya Kovalchuk scored 53 seconds into overtime to lift the short-handed New Jersey Devils to their first win of the season, 1-0 in Buffalo on Wednesday night.
Early struggles from two of the league’s most accomplished goaltenders have plagued both clubs, but perhaps a head-to-head meeting will spark a turnaround as Ryan Miller’s Sabres host Martin Brodeur and the Devils on Wednesday night.
Derek Stepan became the fourth player to score three times in his NHL debut and led the New York Rangers to a season-opening 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.