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Islanders Face Buffalo As Final Tune-Up Before The Playoffs

The New York Islanders travel west to Buffalo to face the Sabres before heading to the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

The Isles will start goalie Evgeni Nabokov in an effort to keep him sharp for the start of the playoffs.

Who the Isles face is to be determined, but not because of uncertainty at the top of Eastern Conference standings but rather the fluidity at the bottom where the Isles reside.

Flyers Head to Buffalo in Matinee

The Flyers head to Buffalo where they face another team in a similar position. Both teams have some decent ground to make up in the standings with such little time left. Whoever wins this game could give themselves good momentum or a false sense of hope.

Physical Flyers Escape With Tight Win Over the Sabres

Something had to have been said before the game because a different Flyers team was out on the ice.

The Flyers controlled the tempo early, kept Buffalo mentally out of the game, and gave a much better team effort that didn't resemble last week's edition of the Flyers.

They had to battle with Buffalo though, who was throwing the body around and trying to draw the Flyers into making mental mistakes with the physical game. In the end, the Flyers overcame it, winning a nail-biting 3-2 game in which head coach Peter Laviolette saw some positives.

(Pictured: The puck gets passed Ilya Bryzgalov, but was then saved by Brayden Schenn before it crossed the goal line. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Host Buffalo; Hope to End Skid

The Flyers are playing horrible hockey, having failed to earn a single point against three playoff teams. They need to end this skid if they want to have any shot of sneaking into the post season.

GAME RE-CAP: NY Islanders 4 Buffalo Sabres 0

The New York Islanders took on The Buffalo Sabres at First Niagra Center Saturday night in front of a sell out crowd. On Wednesday, Buffalo fired long time coach Lindy Ruff and hired Ron Rolston for the position. Isles big news occurred on Friday when the team placed G Rick DiPietro on waivers.

DiPietro cleared waivers and will play in Bridgeport for the remainder of the season, in all likelihood. He will get plenty of ice time there, and we will see if he can find his game again. I have nothing against DP, but I fear this will be a tall order. Time will tell.

The Isles opened the game with the successful Tavares-Moulson-Boyes line. David Ullstrom was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game. Hamonic-MacDonald started on D, and Evgeni Nabokov was in goal with Kevin Poulin as his backup.

Pregame for 2/9/13: Islanders look to end skid against Buffalo

As Long Islanders shovel their way out of Nemo's wintery wrath, the Islanders look to dig themselves out of this 3 game losing streak.

After a successful road trip, the Islanders returned home to lose to New Jersey and Pittsburgh and went back to the road for the first against the Rangers.

Other than John Tavares' impressive play, the Islanders looked outworked, unenthusiastic and just overwhelmed by the Rangers.

They have been outscored 11-3 on this recent skid. It is obvious that scoring is not coming to the team as easily as it once was.

It is important for the team not to harp on losses and let them snowball into long stretches of futility that could render this season a wash.

The season is too tightly packed for the Islanders to feel bad for themselves and let the losses mount. In this talented Eastern Conference and more specifically Atlantic Division, it is easy to get buried.

Flyers Clash with Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres will open their 2013 campaign against the Philadelphia Flyers, who come to town after a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Can the Flyers spoil the Sabres' party like the Penguins did to theirs?

Young Roster Looks to Take Next Step for Buffalo Sabres

 

There are many key factors in building a successful team in the NHL; from players and coaching staff to scouts and management. This allows a franchise to build a foundation that will allow your team to be competitive for years at a time.

The Sabres have done just that.

The oldest players on the Sabres’ roster are a mere 32 years old. One of them is goalie Ryan Miller, the other two are defensemen Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr.

In NHL years, these players are in their prime and in this case as these three players are invaluable to a successful Sabres’ team.

Even veterans Christian Ehrhoff and Steve Ott are only 30 and 29 years old respecti...

Sabres look to bolster offense during the offseason

With July 1 right around the corner, the Buffalo Sabres might need to look behind their own prospect pool to try and become a legitimate contender during the 2012-2013 season.

The Sabres need offense. The team's goaltending and defense are solid, but only having three players reach the 20-goal plateau doesn't put a team in the playoffs.

With a little more than 11.5 million to spend during this summer the Sabres will be looking for some offense to try and help Ryan Miller and the defense core.

There are a number of free agents available who every team will be drooling over, including Alexander Semin, Oli Jokinen, and P.A Parenteau.

With Zack Parise stat...

Flyers Aim To Sharpen Up Against Desperate Sabres

The Philadelphia Flyers (46-25-9) will play their final home game of the regular season tonight when they faceoff against the playoff hopeful (39-31-10) Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres enter tonight's matchup a desperate team, a team in a must win situation and like the Flyers recently, have suffered some major injuries to their team.