The lowly New York Islanders play host to the Buffalo Sabres tonight. The Islanders are no where near the Eastern Conference playoff race, and the Sabres are barely clinging to a playoff spot, after losing both their top goal scorer and top goaltender.
The Sabres need to go into this game with some respect for the Islanders, for fear of letting the game get away from them. They have yet to win without Ryan Miller, and tonight could be the night they snap into a much needed winning streak. In their last five games, the New York Islanders have only won one game. The reason the Sabres should not take this game lightly is because the Islanders win came against the New Jersey Devils, and the Sabres are a mere 2-2-1 in their last 5 games. They are in desperate need of some offense, and some points in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Islanders are sellers in this the time right before the March 4th deadline, so who knows what is going on in the mind of the players in Nassau Colosseum. They will also be without D Brendan Witt, who has been suspended for five games.