This seven game road trip will decide a lot of things for the Buffalo Sabres' chances of making the Eastern Conference playoffs. During the trip, they will face three teams that are in the hunt for the playoffs along with four highly qualified teams this season. The first game against a team in the hunt starts with the Rangers matchup on Tuesday. The Sabres are five points behind the Rangers with three games in hand on the team. They haven't beaten the Rangers yet this season, only getting one point out of four in the two matchups this season. If the Sabres win this game tonight, they can increase their chance of making the playoffs by 10% alone, according to Sports Club Stats.
- The Sabres power play is something to keep an eye on tonight. The Rangers have an 84.3% penalty kill which is good for sixth in the league and has 10 shorthanded goals for, which is tied for tops in the league. The Sabres on the other hand have given up the most shorthanded goals this season with 11. The Rangers already have on shorty against the Sabres in their first matchup this season.
- Brad Boyes is expected to play and is expected to lineup with Tim Connolly. This means that there is an odd forward out of the lineup and the healthy scratch designation right now ends up going to Nathan Gerbe.
- The Sabres have not lost a road game since February 4th which gives them a three game winning streak. Now that its out there, watch out for the jinx. The Sabres are 29-30-18 against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden during the life of the franchise.
Game time is 7:30 pm and can be found on Versus.