Happy Halloween! Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres are in town and they are in for a real scare, as they are attempting to take on a revamped New York Rangers team that seems to have finally found their way this season.
The Sabres have traded away their star forward Thomas Vanek for New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson, and it is clear they are beginning the long rebuild in Buffalo and Vanek wanted no part of that.
The Sabres are a measly 2-11-1 so far this year, but the Rangers should not take them lightly, that is a huge mistake in this league because they are still a professional Hockey team and can do some damage. Goaltender Ryan Miller still has the ability to steal games, and they have some young forwards up front that can be pretty deadly.
But, with the recent string of play by the Rangers, I am expecting them to dispatch of Buffalo pretty easily tonight in the transformed Madison Square Garden.
Interesting stat of the night: So far this season, the Sabres have been outscored 19-2 in first periods, New York has to take advantage.
Rangers Starting Lineup Per BlueSeatBlogs (Unconfirmed)
Rangers Vs Sabres Stats (Courtesy of NHL Media)
- All-Time: 62-73-25-5 overall (35-28-15-3 at home; 27-45-10-2 on the road)
- 2013-14: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden.
- Last Season: New York was 2-1-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers’ power play was 2-6 (33.3%) in the series, while the penalty kill was 12-14 (85.7%) with one shorthanded goal. Rick Nash and Derek Stepan each tallied two goals and two assists for a series-leading four points apiece, while Brad Richards led all skaters with three goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.95 GAA and .888 Sv% in three games.
- The Rangers and Sabres have been separated by one goal in nine of their last 15 meetings, including five that required overtime (two in the shootout)
- Brad Richards notched his first career hat trick in the Rangers’ 8-4 win at Buffalo on Apr. 19
- New York is 0-1-0 at home; Buffalo is 2-4-0 on the road
- New York is 1-1-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Buffalo is 1-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
- New York lists two former Sabres on their roster: Dominic Moore (2008-09); Taylor Pyatt (2001-02 – 2005-06)
- Buffalo lists one former Ranger on their roster: John Scott (2011-12)
Pregame coverage= 6:30 pm on MSG. Puck drops at 7 pm!