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Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Rangers [Game Thread]

Buffalo Sabres (20-15-5) Game # 41 New York Rangers (24-15-3)
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Date: January 9, 2009
Location: Buffalo, NY
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Arena: HSBC Arena
TV: MSG-B SBN Affiliate/ Blogs
Radio:

WGR (550AM)

Season Series 1-0-0
Final Score

It seems like just yesterday that the season began but tonight will mark Game #41 the official half way point of the season. The season is half over and yet the Sabres still don't have an identity. The only real way to describe the Sabres season up until this point would be inconsistency. They hope that a healthy Tim Connolly can change that around for them.

The last time the Sabres and Rangers met was way back in October when the Sabres began the season by stringing together some wins. The Sabres won that game but I'm not sure how much that matters in this game.

The Rangers are still ahead of the Sabres in the standings but their season hasn't been without it's struggles as well. It's inevitable that teams will have good periods and bad periods and the Rangers have been no different. They are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and will be looking to avenge their earlier loss to the Sabres.

Of course a visit by the Rangers means a visit by our old friend Chris Drury. There has been very little talk about Drury coming to Buffalo which makes me believe that we are past that now. I'm sure Bucky Gleason will love it if Chris Drury comes into town and lights up the Sabres so he can write an "I told you so" story this weekend but overall I would say it's a non-story.

Starting Goalies

The Sabres are facing Rangers backup Goalie Stephen Valiquette. This is an opportunity for the Sabres to get two points, they better not blow it. Keep in mind that Valiquette has really good stats this season but he is only 4-3-1.


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Ryan Miller 33 1936 18 10 4 3 82 2.54 951 869 .914 3


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Stephen Valiquette 9 483 4 3 0 1 19 2.36 243 224 .922 1

Previous Meetings


Final - 10.15.2008 1 2 3 Total
Buffalo Sabres 0 2 1 3
New York Rangers 1 0 0 1

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