It's do or die time for the Buffalo Sabres, as they host the New York Rangers tonight at the First Niagara Center. After the Rangers win last night, they're now four points ahead of Buffalo with one game still in hand. The bottom line for tonight's game is: if the Sabres lose in regulation, they're officially knocked out of the playoff race. If they win, the deficit goes back down to two points.
The problem with this playoff race is that the Sabres need the Rangers to lose a whole bunch of games, because not only does Buffalo need to pull even with NY, but must pass them in points, since the abysmal 13 regulation wins the Sabres have won't break a tiebreaker with anyone except Florida. Unfortunately, all of the Rangers remaining opponents are terrible, with Buffalo, Florida, Carolina, and New Jersey twice, all of which are terrible (excluding the Sabres, who are clearly the best team in the world). Still, it all starts tonight. Win, and the dream stays alive.
(19-19-6) vs. New York Rangers (22-17-4)
Puck Drop - 7:00pm - First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY
TV - MSG | Radio - WGR 550-AM
SBNation Rangers Blog - Blueshirt Banter (Please play nice if you're going to visit.)
Projected Buffalo Lines
Vanek - Hodgson - Ennis
Flynn - Porter - Ott
Gerbe - Hecht - Kaleta
Scott - Foligno - Stafford
Ehrhoff - Sekera
Pysyk - Pardy
Weber - Ruhwedel
Scratches/Injuries: Adam, Myers, Leino, Sulzer
Projected NY Lines