Islanders captain Tavares to miss final week of season

Islanders captain Tavares to miss final week of season

Islanders captain Tavares to miss final week of season

Tavares suffered an apparent lower-body injury, clutching the back of his left leg, with 3:14 to play in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday that snapped a three-game losing streak. Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (team-leading 39 assists), who scored in overtime in a 3-2 triumph over the Islanders on December 16, returns from a three-game suspension for his hit on Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel on Sunday for an eliminated Sabres team that has been idle since Tuesday's 3-1 setback in Columbus.

NY beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Sunday, but it remains five points behind the Ottawa Senators for the second wild-card spot - the only playoff berth left for the Isles to chase. Weight provided the update before New York's game at Buffalo on Sunday.

He's listed week to week and, before the game, coach Doug Weight said there is no chance Tavares will play before NY closes the season against Ottawa on April 9.

The Islanders need to keep winning and get help.

Early in the period, Anders Lee was able to score a power play goal. The over is 9-1-3 in Sabres last 13 games playing on 3 or more days rest and the over is 4-1 in Sabres last 5 home games while the under is 4-1 in Sabres last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Cal Clutterbuck and Joshua Ho-Sang also scored and Jaroslav Halak stopped 35 shots to improve to 3-1 since being recalled from the minors. "You see a guy's heel dig in like that, it doesn't happen other places", Clutterbuck said, referring to the conditions at Barclays Center".

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The Sabres came out flat, resembling a team coming off a four-day break. Lee reached back for the loose puck and backhanded it in with 5:27 left. Jones had two good looks for his first National Hockey League goal, hitting the post with an empty net in the dying seconds of the game.

New Jersey took a season-high 10 penalties against the Islanders, including five in the first period.

The lead held until the final period.

NY defensive Dennis Seidenberg forced Jack Eichel to commit a turnover along the left boards of the Islanders zone, and sprung Ho-Sang on a breakaway.

NOTES: Sabres D Rasmus Ristolainen returned from a three-game suspension for his hit on Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel.

Connor Jones made his National Hockey League debut on Sunday afternoon, stepping into the Islanders lineup after being recalled from Bridgeport on Saturday.

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