There will be a chance that the line-up for the Buffalo Sabres will look a little different when they take on the New York Islanders on Monday, but the team will return to NHL action after having positive cases of COVID-19.
It has been 14 days since the Sabres last had a game. The last time that Buffalo saw action was a 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils. The break is the fifth-longest in-season break in the team’s history.
When the puck drops on the game on Monday, it will be the first of eight meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season. In the two teams last meeting the Islanders defeated the Sabres 3-2 in overtime.
The Sabres hold a 2-6-2 mark in their las 10 games vs the Islanders, with a 4-5-1 mark at home. This will be the 174th all-time game, with the Sabres holding a series record of 82-66-25.
One of the things that has been a success is their play on the penalty kill, as the team has been able to defend 15-of-16 opportunities in the last nine games.
Fans watching the Sabres can keep an eye out for Victor Olofsson, who looks to extend a six-game point streak, which is tied for the longest of his career.
Taylor Hall has also played well against the Islanders, recording 18 points in 18 career games. Jack Eichel has been able to record 10 points in eight meetings against New York, and Colin Miller has been able to record four points in four meetings.
This will be the fourth of 12 sets of back-to-back games for the Sabres this season, who will be meeting the Islanders again on Tuesday.
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