The Sabres have played in front of small crowds this season – most notably in Atlanta, New Jersey, Dallas and Florida – and they can expect another intimate gathering Saturday. The Islanders rank last in the NHL in average attendance, drawing only 9,842 fans to Nassau Coliseum. New Yorkers are filling the decrepit arena to just 60.4 percent capacity.
"There’s a lot of history in that building. It makes it fun that way," said Sabres defenseman Steve Montador, referring to the Isles’ run of four championships in the early 1980s. "On the road you’re creating your own energy anyway. Certainly, it’s not like going into Montreal or somebody coming to Buffalo, but at the same time maybe that can work to our benefit."