Buffalo (15-26-4) at New York (24-22-2)

Fair Currently: Uniondale, NY
Temp: 79° F
  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Feb 8, 2003
  • TV: FSNY
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK (TICKER) —The New York Islanders attempt to snap a two-game losing streak when they host the struggling Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

New York’s last three-game losing streak was a six-game slide from October 26 to November 7. The Islanders fell to 3-9-1-0 in the final game of that slide, but are 21-13-4-2 since.

On Friday, New York suffered a 3-0 setback at Washington as it managed just 20 shots on goaltender Olaf Kolzig. The Islanders had two shots in the first 19 minutes of the opening period and took nearly 13 minutes to record their first shot of the second period.

It marked the first time since November 29-30, the Islanders suffered consecutive regulation losses.

Garth Snow made 21 saves, but rookie Rick DiPietro may start on Saturday.

Buffalo is 0-3-0-2 following a season-high seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2).

Goaltender Martin Biron has dropped his last two starts since recording three straight shutouts and allowed all four goals in Friday’s home loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

Buffalo had won three of the first five meetings against the Islanders since trading Mike Peca to New York during the 2001 draft. But it suffered a 1-0 overtime defeat here as Jason Blake tallied with 3:24 left on December 31.

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