The NHL and the players' union opened negotiations on a new labor deal Friday by meeting for about 21/2 hours.
Do NHL teams really need to be hot going into the playoffs? Not exactly, but that doesn't mean a slump is acceptable, either.
The difference between missing the NHL playoffs and securing the final spot is huge, which is why teams are going all-out.
Joey MacDonald made 35 saves, and the New York Islanders sent the reeling Buffalo Sabres to their fifth straight loss, 4-2 on Saturday night.
Mike Comrie scored twice and had two assists in his Islanders debut, leading New York to a 6-4 victory over the Sabres in the teams' season opener.