NEW YORK -- For the second straight season, the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres will meet at one of the bookends of the NHL's Christmas break. Unfortunately for the Sabres, they're in the same position this year as last year.
The Islanders will look to build on the momentum they created prior to the break Wednesday night, when they host the reeling Sabres at Barclays Center.
Both teams last played Saturday, the final day before the three-day break. The Islanders maintained their standing in the Eastern Conference playoff race by beating the visiting Winnipeg Jets, 5-2. The latest rough season for the Sabres, meanwhile, continued with a 4-2 loss to the host Carolina Hurricanes.
Since their only winning streak of the season -- a two-game run from Oct. 21-24 -- the Sabres (9-20-7) have gone 6-15-5 to entrench themselves in the basement of the Atlantic Division.
The Sabres have missed the playoffs in each of the last six seasons and finished last in the Atlantic in three of the last four seasons. >> Read more
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