New York Islanders (23-18-4, sixth in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Buffalo Sabres (21-19-3, fifth in the Atlantic Division)
Buffalo, New York; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST
: Sabres -120, Islanders -101; over/under is 6
BOTTOM LINE: The Buffalo Sabres look to end their four-game home skid with a win over the New York Islanders.
Buffalo is 21-19-3 overall and 9-12-2 in home games. The Sabres have a 21-7-3 record in games they score three or more goals.
New York is 23-18-4 overall and 10-11-2 on the road. The Islanders have an 8-3-1 record in one-goal games.
Thursday's game is the first time these teams match up this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Alex Tuch has 21 goals and 26 assists for the Sabres. Tage Thompson has six goals and three assists over the last 10 games.
Mathew Barzal has 11 goals and 30 assists for the Islanders. Jean-Gabriel Pageau has scored three goals and added five assists over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Sabres: 4-5-1, averaging three goals, five assists, three penalties and 7.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game.
Islanders: 3-5-2, averaging two goals, 3.5 assists, 2.9 penalties and 5.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game.
INJURIES: Sabres: None listed.
Islanders: Adam Pelech: out (upper body), Kyle Palmieri: out (upper body).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.