Game Day (69): Sabres at Islanders, 7pm

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Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Sabres… The Sabres are the worst team in the NHL and by a good margin. They trail 29th place Edmonton by nine points… Tyler Myers and Chris Stewart will miss tonight’s game with an injury. Newly acquired Torrey Mitchell is questionable… The Sabres have lost 4 of 5 but are actually 4-4 since the Olympic break…

Kevin Schultz

Tonight at the Coliseum the Islanders will face off against the Sabres, who have been in the NHL’s basement since pretty much the start of the season. Buffalo, as you are probably aware, has had a fire sale all season. They traded away Thomas Vanek for Matt Moulson, got rid of Ryan Miller for Jaroslav Halak and at the deadline they were able to flip Moulson and Halak for more picks and prospects. The one guy they tried unsuccessfully to get rid of was one-time sort of Islander Christian Erhoff, who remains a Sabre.  

Tonight is also the night of the infamous protest at the Coliseum that has started and circulated mainly online. I’m not here to tell you to feel one way or the other about it, that’s really up to you. I’m here for the news and hockey opinions, what you choose to do with and about those things is not for me to tell you. 

This is an independent blog of the team, so I’m not going to lecture you about supporting the team or whathaveyou and at the same time I have a serious respect for the folks who work at the team and know that they have the fan’s best interests in mind. I think both sides of the coin want the same thing, even thought it has been a long road getting there. I just hope that anything that happens, if anything happens, doesn’t do more harm than good to Islander Country.

As far as the lineup goes, Anders Nilsson will start in net tonight as the Isles are on the second half of a back-to-back. Matt Carkner will also come into the lineup for Matt Donovan.

Projected Lineup:
Clutterbuck-Nielsen-Okposo de Hann-Hamonic Nilsson
Bailey-Nelson-McDonald Carkner-Strait Nabokov
Lee-Strome-Martin Hickey-Visnovsky
Sundstrom-Cizikas-Halmo
Scratches: Martinek, Donovan, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner




151 comments
John Richards
John Richards

Wow the habs just came back from dead to win in OT!!Wow t

ejej
ejej

Habs just tied it...down 4-1... goal with no time left on the clock. Game is on NHL Network. Tune in for a wild ending...

jepliberty
jepliberty

Yeah, I was waiting to hear KO say in the post game interview 'we beat a shyttier team then us finally'. lol

shamwow
shamwow

" infamous protest", huh ?

Is that anything like the infamous financial Securities fraud who owns the Team, or that infamous 4billion dollar Tower of Babel he proposed building?

How 'bout those infamous 35-Day billing periods?

When does that infamous Wang protégé finish serving his sentence in Federal Penitentiary?

Perhaps infamy is in the eye of the beholder.

TomDinNJ
TomDinNJ

Next years slogan : Screw the Cup, Lets all have fun!

TomDinNJ
TomDinNJ

First measurable success of this season - we are better than Buffalo.

jpizzy
jpizzy

We are NOT the worst team in the league! Get excited!

jpizzy
jpizzy

How fired up is Moulson going to be on Tuesday?

jpizzy
jpizzy

Somewhere on a Canadiens blog, some irate fan is complaining that they gave up Collberg for this scrub Vanek. Though I guess it would be in french. 

John Richards
John Richards

Don't look now but Montreal is losing tonite 3-1 to Ottawa!! Collberg and nothing for vanek!!

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@Jason Zimmermann  from the way you describe long island, i'd say it's not too different from a lot of other places.

doc942
doc942

@Jason Zimmermann  You make a lot of points… just not so sure they make sense.  There's causation and correlation.  I think there's a correlation with all of your arguments.  But it is not the cause of the outcome.  It's like saying the first day of Spring causes flowers to bloom when in reality it is the length of day, angle of Sun's rays hitting Earth etc. not the date on the calendar.  And there are exceptions to your examples.  There are "hockey people" running the teams in Edmonton, Toronto, Winnipeg and then there are young budding stars like Okposo and de Haan that most fans wanted traded for a bag of pucks last year.  Oops.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@John Richards  well, you get a pp and then the ref doesn't blow the whistle, and there you go.  or at least it helps.

dkdk
dkdk

Sounds fun to watch?

dkdk
dkdk

Or the infamous bullet to the chest

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@TomDinNJ  that's one lousy offense.  there were times tonight when i thought that any other team would have scored.

dkdk
dkdk

A normal GM would be embarrassed and a normal fanbase would be irate

ejej
ejej

@dkdk - Absolutely dk, good foundation for shill-er time a bit later...

shamwow
shamwow

@dkdk

That was inadvertent... result of the Wang that couldn't shoot straight

ejej
ejej

@dkdk - Careful dk, we don't want to piss off Don. After all, it was ruled a suicide...!!

John Richards
John Richards

You guys are going all grassy knoll on this blog tonite I'm loving it!!

dkdk
dkdk

Thanks Mitch .... I really get infuriated when we criticize wang and snow and are told "we aren't fans" but those same guys rip guys that gave their all for us while having to overcome the ineptitude of the same two above them! Kills me. I will never utter a bad word about Moulson. I hope he gets every penny he could, keeps potting goals, and gets a cup.

dkdk
dkdk

Exactly John .... Anything snow does is praised but when guys leave simply for market value they are demonized. Moulson probably would have stayed for even less than what the market would pay yet snow said he wasn't even an option to come back! Why? All he did was score here and make the pp better. And no even asks snow (to lie) about why he was never an option.

John Richards
John Richards

You are absolutely right!! The corsi boys will defend our drafted prospects to the hilt but hate on guys like Matty moulson/PA/BOYES who wanted to be paid reasonable money but Bailey/strait/get multi yr deals they stink up the joint regularly...

dkdk
dkdk

Agreed there too Mitch and I have also been told that since I hate snow I shouldn't be able to like ANY of his picks. Like if you go to your favorite restaurant I guess you have to like every item there.

Just doesn't make sense.

The other think I hate and I mean despise is like you said if you don't like wang or snow you aren't a fan. We are front and center saying we don't like them but we support the PLAYERS. and that is where I get to the Corsi boys have no problem showing their snow affection but they go from liking PA and loving Moulson then they leave and those guys kill them! Rip them apart. And why because they wanted decent money! That is their biggest crime. Moulson loved it here, always gave effort, and was JT friend. Why does anyone need to rip him? So hypocritical!

dkdk
dkdk

True Mitch ... And also they are so "amazed" at the amount of prospects we have when all we have done is draft in the lottery every year and never improve, whT would one expect?

John Richards
John Richards

No doubt the majority( in numbers terms) of fans have been driven off several years ago!! What is left is a curious hodgepodge of hardcore loyalists and casual patrons of a nvmc that is in its twighlight!!

dkdk
dkdk

Mitch, I agree with a lot that Jason wrote but think you really drove it home. The majority of the fanbase was driven off years ago, another portion of it was turned away or are in process of it because of Bklyn, and what is left is largely apathetic and or disengaged, just beaten down and broken with nothing left to give. And the last fraction after that are the ones that think snow is amazing, that the yearly last 10 game hot streak somehow means next year will be better, that it isn't fair to criticize Bailey yet despite that he has 400 games under his belt, etc.

Maybe some other owners gave us body blows but wang threw one heck of a knockout punch. And he knocked the fans mouth piece all he way into a basketball arena in a basketball boro.

dkdk
dkdk

Maybe vanek gets his first win as a Hab. The Sabres were the worst team in the league when they traded him. We had the worst record in the league while he was here. And the Habs have been skidding. Maybe he is the franchise altering player snow thought. Just completely in reverse of course.

And that is EXACTLY what glen healey said at the deadline. He is supremely talented, but does coast a lot, and is not a winning player.

ejej
ejej

@dkdk- That's it...Habs win in OT... wow what a come back.

dkdk
dkdk

EJ .... At this point they are moving either way. If it came down to Hamilton without wang or Brooklyn with wang ......

dkdk
dkdk

TomD .... Because you don't understand Corsi! Lol

ejej
ejej

@dkdk- The Islanders will be in Hamilton Ontario in a few years. Already in the works, with Gary at the helm, driving the temporary up-Chuck travesty. We'll talk about it soon, face to face, with Tag and some of the other boys. Steak and drinks on me when I come up, summer or this fall..

TomDinNJ
TomDinNJ

@dkdk If the organization has my best interest in mind, why haven't I been to a game since October?

dkdk
dkdk

Can't make it up. You would have to long and hard to find a more ignored and overlooked fanbase than us. We are a complete afterthought to him.

ejej
ejej

@dkdk- Another shill in the making. What a disturbing comment by the lead writer, eh? 

dkdk
dkdk

EJ .... Please refer back to the article above. The organization has "the fans best interest in mind."

Quote of the year.

ejej
ejej

@dkdk- Don't forget "sound bites" when he was pitching his last ditch effort on the vote...LOL...

dkdk
dkdk

Plausible deniability ..... His favorite phrase in the world.

ejej
ejej

@dkdk- The Feds said he did have an email account, just NEVER used it! Or voice-mail...that's how he walked and the time on statue ran out...facts.


A CEO not using email or voice mail in this day in time....patuuuuuuuuuiii

dkdk
dkdk

Let's hope. I still love that the only way he escaped the sec was because he didn't have an email account. A software CEO without email is like the CEO of JetBlue being afraid to fly.

John Richards
John Richards

CC last two goals were empty netters!! Just saying!!

dkdk
dkdk

Snow, GM = general moron