Although it didn't show in the result, the New York Islanders looked like an improved team with two key players making their season debuts.
Perhaps they can translate that into a win against the lone Eastern Conference opponent that didn't beat them last season.
The Carolina Hurricanes look to continue a successful road trip Monday night and end a four-game skid against the Islanders, who have dropped four straight overall.
New York (4-6-1) reinstated a pair of suspended players before Saturday's game against Buffalo. Josh Bailey had been out after getting injured while playing in Germany during the lockout, while Lubomir Visnovsky initially did not report to the Islanders.
Bailey had a team-high seven shots on goal and Visnovsky was a plus-2 against the Sabres. The Islanders outshot Buffalo 43-15, but lost 3-2.
"I felt good conditioning-wise and good with the puck," Bailey told the Islanders' official website. "It was a good start. Hopefully I can build off it. Vish played a g...