4 Facts to Know for Islanders-Sabres

The Islanders return from the break and conclude their homestand against the Sabres.

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1. HATS OFF

Rookie sensation Mathew Barzal recorded his first career hat trick in the Islanders last game before the break.

Barzal leads all rookies in points with 35 and was named the NHL’s 2nd Star of the Week.

What does he have in store for an encore?

2. LAST TIME THEY MET

These team played back in the beginning of the season on Oct. 7, with the Islanders winning 6-3 in their home opener.

John Tavares and Casey Cizikas had two goals and one assist apiece.

3. JARO IN NET

After starting the team’s last two games before the break, Jaroslav Halak will once again be in goal for the Isles tonight.

Halak has struggled somewhat in December, going 3-3-2 with a 3.25 GAA and .909 SV%.

4. OPPOSITE ENDS

The Islanders are second in the league in scoring, averaging 3.56 goals per game.

Meanwhile, the Sabres rank last averaging just 2.17 goals per game. However, the Islanders allow the most goals per game (3.50).