The New York Islanders begin their third, most pivotal and possibly even final season of playing home games at Barclays Center on Saturday night. They hope Friday night wasn't a harbinger of things to come.
A pair of teams looking to bounce back from season-opening losses will meet when the Islanders host the Buffalo Sabres.
But while the Sabres were competitive in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, the Islanders followed up an impressive postseason by getting blanked 5-0 by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.
The loss was considerably dispiriting for the Islanders, who began a potentially franchise-defining season by going a league-best 6-0-2 in exhibition play.
"We didn't react as well as we had in the preseason," Islanders head coach Doug Weight said following the game. "We stopped moving. After that third goal, it was lights out." >> Read more