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Five Things to Know as Sabres visit Islanders

NEW YORK – The Sabres could face an angry team. Then again, maybe it's just a team that's off to a bad start.

Here are Five Things to Know as the Sabres visit the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. Saturday in Barclays Center (MSG, WGR-AM 550).

1. Isles smoked in opener

It was not the season debut New York had in mind. The Islanders suffered a 5-0 loss Friday night in Columbus. The Blue Jackets scored just 1:07 into the game, had a 2-0 lead after one period and added three goals in the second.

Goaltender Thomas Greiss started for New York and stopped 21 of 26 shots in 31:50. Jaroslav Halak, who was scheduled to start against the Sabres, came on in relief and stopped all 11 shots he faced.

"They got the first two and we got away from our game and doing what we do well, grinding teams out, and trying to make too many plays to get back into the game," Greiss told reporters. "Obviously, that created too many odd-man rushes for them."

2. Familiar foe

The Sabres closed the preseason against the Islanders, suffering a 3-1 loss at home. The Islanders' victory was part of a 4-0-2 preseason, but that clearly didn't carry into the regular season.

"The regular season is a different level," New York captain John Tavares said Friday. "Starting with myself, none of us were good enough tonight."

This is the 166th game between Buffalo and New York, with the Sabres holding an 80-62-23 record. The Sabres are 6-4 in their last 10 road games against the Islanders.

The Sabres have opened their road schedule against the Islanders three times in franchise history: a 5-2 win Oct. 13, 1979; a 3-2 loss Oct. 6, 2007; and a 7-1 victory Oct. 13, 2008.

3. Shot mentality

The Sabres outshot Montreal, 45-40, in the season-opening 3-2 shootout loss Thursday. Their goal is to keep it up. New York was outshot, 42-29, by the Blue Jackets.

Every shot counts in this series. Of the last 20 games between the teams, 14 have been decided by one goal.

Exhibit A is shot in the arm for Sabres' offense

4. Lineup change

The Sabres are expected to dress right wing Matt Moulson, who was scratched for the opener. He practiced as the right winger for center Jacob Josefson and left wing Johan Larsson on Friday. Jordan Nolan played in that spot Thursday.

Moulson has six goals and eight points in 10 career games against the Islanders.

Sabres Notebook: Keeping puck in OT; Scandella healthy; Moulson in

The Sabres did not hold a morning skate, so coach Phi Housley is expected to update the media between 4:30-5 p.m.

5. Amerks open with win

The Sabres' minor-leaguers kicked off their season Friday night with a 3-1 victory over Syracuse.

The Wraparound: Rochester 3, Syracuse 1

Justin Bailey scored twice after failing to crack the Sabres' lineup during training camp.

Focused on the task at hand, Justin Bailey starts the season with a pair of goals

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