Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | Citi Field | Flushing, NY
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Rangers blog: Blueshirt Banter
What to Watch
1. 10th Anniversary
On this day 10 years ago the Buffalo Sabres played in the first Winter Classic at then Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Today the Sabres are back in the annual NHL classic as the home team away from home.
2. Eichel has found his groove.
Jack Eichel is starting to pile up the points. The Sabres star center has 13 points in his last 10 games (seven goals and six assists). He’ll have the opportunity to showcase his hot streak on one of the bigger national stages.
3. Cooling Down
Evander Kane has hit his first cold spell of the season after a blazing start. He has only two goals in his last 10 games. Perhaps not coincidentally he hasn’t seen a lot of time on Eichel’s wing as of late as well.
4. The Sweaters
The Rangers and Sabres will both be wearing some pretty awesome sweaters for the game tonight.
5. Team USA Rosters
Stay tuned after the game if you’re interested as the men’s Team USA Olympic roster will be announced.
Know Your Opponent
1. King Henrik
Henrik Lundqvist is back to being the king of New York this season. He has a .922 save percentage and 2.58 goals against average to go along with his 17 wins. Goals won’t come easy for the Sabres today.
2. Don’t sleep on Pavel.
We’re used to seeing Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello, and Chris Kreider at the top of the Rangers point leaders. While Zuccarello leads the team in points, Nash is near the middle of the pack and the Rangers will be without Kreider who is out a few months with a blood clot in his arm. The name at the top we’re not used to seeing is Pavel Buchnevich. The 22-year-old has 11 goals and 25 points in 38 games.
3. Jimmy Vesey
Of course, we have to check up on former Sabres prospect Jimmy Vesey. The former Harvard University forward has eight goals and 15 points in 38 games. After a slow start he’s starting to pick it up with three points in the last five games
28 Zemgus Girgensons - 15 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart
9 Evander Kane - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo
67 Benoit Pouliot - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 29 Jason Pominville
22 Johan Larsson - 10 Jacob Josefson - 17 Jordan Nolan
6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
19 Jake McCabe - 47 Zach Bogosian
82 Nathan Beaulieu - 41 Justin Falk
Starting Goaltender: 40 Robin Lehner