Game Preview: Islanders at Sabres

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (11-13-5) @ BUFFALO SABRES (11-11-6)

DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

The Islanders will try and bounce back tonight from three consecutive losses after falling 5-4 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the Sabres have won two out of their last three games including a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

OKPOSO VS. OLD MATES

Sabres’ winger, Kyle Okposo faces the Islanders for the first time since leaving Brooklyn for Buffalo as a free agent this past summer. Okposo recorded three assists and was a plus-3 in Tuesday’s 6-3 win over the Kings, and currently, leads the Sabres in scoring with nine goals and 21 points.

Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo (21) faces off against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

J.F. IN NET

J.F. Berube will get his first start of the season Friday for the Isles. The 25-year-old has only played 5:37 minutes this season, making one appearance in relief last Saturday in Columbus. Berube has played in eight career NHL games and owns a 3-2-1 record with a 2.71 goals against average.

EICHEL MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Sabres’ center, Jack Eichel scored two goals and added an assist in Tuesday’s 6-3 win over the Kings. The super-sophomore continues to be a difference-maker, as he has accumulated eight points (five goals, three assists) in seven games since returning from his ankle injury.

LEE STILL GOING STRONG

Anders Lee continues to surge, as he has lit the lamp three times in the past four games, including scoring his team-leading (tied with John Tavares) ninth goal of the season last night versus Chicago. Lee’s goal Thursday put the Islanders ahead 4-3 in the third period.