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Tuesday, October 15th (All times Eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (0-6-1) at New York Islanders (2-2-1), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The winless Buffalo Sabres will try once again for their first victory of the season when they visit the New York Islanders for Tuesday's battle at Nassau Coliseum.

The Sabres are 0-6-1 this season and have lost their last three games in regulation, although the club lost its past two games by 2-1 scores. The last time Buffalo went seven games into a season without win was in 1999-2000, when it recorded five losses and two ties. The franchise has never gone eight straight without a win to begin a season.

Buffalo dropped a home decision Monday night against Minnesota and former Sabres captain Jason Pominville provided the game-winning goal for the Wild. Back on the familiar ice at First Niagara Center, Pominville broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal late in the second period. Pominville played parts of nine seasons with Buffalo to begin his career before being traded to the Wild last April.

Jhonas Enroth, meanwhile, started in net and made 18 saves for the punchless Sabres, who have only managed to score a total of seven goals this season.

"We can't get down. It's a long season," said Brian Flynn, who scored Buffalo's lone goal on Monday.

Ryan Miller expects to be in net for the Sabres on Tuesday. The veteran goaltender has been solid this season despite his team's record. Miller is 0-4-0, but is sporting a 2.29 goals against average and .941 save percentage.

The American netminder is 15-9-2 with a 3.00 GAA in 27 career games against the Islanders.

The Sabres have had recent success against the Islanders, winning four of the last five encounters between the clubs. Buffalo also has taken three of the past four meetings on Long Island.

While Buffalo takes another shot at its first win of the season on Tuesday, the Islanders will try to get back on track. New York began the season 2-0-1, but has since dropped consecutive regulation decisions by identical 3-2 scores.

Both recent losses for the Islanders came on the road. They were dealt a 3-2 setback on Friday by the Chicago Blackhawks before losing by the same margin the following night in Nashville.

Ryan Ellis scored the winner in the third period on Saturday to help the Predators earn the victory. Ellis blasted a shot from the high slot to beat Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who gave up all three goals on 31 shots in the setback.

Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored for the Islanders, while Kyle Okposo notched a pair of assists.

"It was one of those games, especially as an offensive player, where we really didn't feel like we had a whole lot of room," Tavares said. "Pucks were bouncing, and we couldn't seem to get it done when we needed to."

New York scored a total of 12 goals through its first three games, but has managed only four over the last two outings.

Perhaps, a stay on home ice can get the Isles back in the groove. New York, which recorded a 6-1 win over Phoenix in its last game as the host on Oct. 8, begins a four-game homestand at the Coliseum on Tuesday.

10/15 10:45:41 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
4th
MIA 72
CHA 65
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
13th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
12th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
11th
TAM 1
NYY 1
 
9th
KAN 3
MIN 8
 
7th
CHC 1
CIN 8
 
7th
TEX 2
CWS 8
 
4th
OAK 2
HOU 1
 
4th
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
3rd
COL 1
PHI 3
 
3rd
SDP 0
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
4th
MIA 72
CHA 65
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
3rd
BOS 3
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3