Looking to extend their points streak at home, the New York Islanders should be feeling confident about snapping their first skid of the season.
That's because the Buffalo Sabres are simply trying to avoid the worst start in franchise history.
Behind productive captain John Tavares, the Islanders hope to get back on track by earning points in their ninth straight regular-season home game Tuesday night against the winless Sabres.
New York (2-2-1) opened the season 2-0-1 before falling 3-2 in Chicago on Friday and 3-2 in Nashville a night later.
Despite the loss Saturday, Tavares - third in the MVP voting last season after a 28-goal season - continued to shine with his third goal in as many games.
Tavares also has five goals and five assists in seven career home meetings with the Sabres (0-6-1).
Now the Islanders appear to be in good position to avoid losing three straight in regulation for the first time in 29 games, including last postseason. They're 6-0-2 in their last eight ...