10/12/13: NYI 2 at NSH 3
Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored consecutive goals in the second period to take a 2-1 lead, but the New York Islanders were unable to hang on, losing 3-2 to the Nashville Predators Saturday at Bridgestone Arena. Evgeni Nabokov made his fourth start in goal, stopping 28-of-31 shots, as the Islanders were outshot 31-16.
The Islanders open a four-game homestand tonight against Buffalo. This is the first of three meetings this season between the teams. The Isles went 1-1-1 against Buffalo last season and are 5-1-2 in their last eight home games against the Sabres.
ALL TIME ISLANDERS VS. SABRES:
All-Time Record: 60-70-23
2012-13 Record: 1-1-1
Last Regulation Win: 2/23/13 – NYI 4 at BUF 0
Last Regulation Loss: 2/9/13 – NYI 2 vs. BUF 3
Overtime Record (W-L-T): 6-1-0
Last Overtime Decision: 2/13/11 – NYI 7 at BUF 6
Shootout Record: 1-4
Last Shootout: 4/26/13 – NYI 1 at BUF 2
Streaking: After being held pointless in the season opener, John Tavares has a point in four straight games (3g/3a).
One-Goal Games: Four of the Islanders’ five games this season have been decided by one goal (1-2-1). Dating back to last season, eight of their last nine regular season games have been decided by one goal (2-3-3), including five in shootouts (2-0-3).
200th Game: Jack Capuano coached his 200th NHL game Saturday in Nashville. The Islanders are 86-85-29 under Capuano. He is second on the Islanders all-time list in both games coached (200) and wins (86), behind Al Arbour (1,500 coached, 740 wins).
Tavares – 5 games shy of 300
Hamonic – 12 games shy of 200
The Islanders versus Sabres game is set to air on the MSG Plus Network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.