New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres
Puck drops at 7:00pm
The Rangers are traveling to Buffalo amid an 11 game home stand. The Rangers are currently 14-14 with 28 points on the season. Back at .500 seems to be a common phrase this season. In the conference, the Rangers are ranked 8th though 3rd in the division; thanks to 2 overtime games for the Washington Capitals. Although they are in a playoff spot, the Rangers are struggling to string together wins and gain some momentum. A struggling defense, for the Rangers, is looking to get back on the plus side; McDonagh is currently the only Ranger defenseman who is not a minus in the stats and he is neutral (0). There will be a game time decision of which defensemen will play; only John Moore is confirmed. Also confirmed is Taylor Pyatt, who will be playing in place of Derek Dorsett, who is still nursing a sore wrist. After yesterday’s huge contract announcement, coach Vigneault said he would be starting Henrik Lundqvist in goal today. The Rangers have been much stronger on the road this season than at home. Hopefully a win tonight can propel them into a strong showing at home in the coming weeks. Rick Nash has a scoring streak against Buffalo, here’s hoping he stays on that bandwagon!
The Sabres are 2-20-2 for 14 points. They are a team on a mission, with an elephant on their back. They have struggled with injury but that shouldn’t be too much of a factor tonight. Ryan Miller will provide the Sabres with great goal tending, against a Ranger team who seems to have trouble finding the back of the net. Miller is 3-9 at home this season with 2.93 goals against average and .912 save percentage. The Sabres are led by Cody Hodgson, who has the team high goals (8) and assists (9) for a team high of 17 points. Matt Moulson could also be a factor for the Sabres. He hasn’t quite seemed to find his game with the Sabres just yet, but just the Rangers luck it will be tonight. John Scott, who gets credit for his “Princess Phaneuff” comment, is another player to keep an eye on tonight. He’s not afraid to drop mitts. Hopefully with Dorsett and likely Falk sitting out, there won’t be too much to spark any fights. Hopefully Brian Boyle reads that and plays his game tonight.