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Preview: Sabres look to rebound against the Rangers

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After an ugly loss to start the season, the Sabres will look to correct course as they host the Rangers

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Game 2

Buffalo Sabres (0-1-0) vs New York Rangers (0-1-0)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY

TV: MSG-B

Radio: WGR 550

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Know Your Opponent

New York Rangers

Record: (0-1-0) | 0 PTS

Last 10: 0-1-0

Division Ranking: 8th in the Metropolitan

Conference Ranking: 15th in the Eastern Conference

PP: 22nd

PK: 3rd

What to Watch

1. Shuffling the Lines

Unsurprisingly, Phil Housley has elected to shuffle his forward lines after just one game. As has been the case throughout his short tenure with the team, he felt the need to re-concoct his lines mid-game on Thursday. It remains to be seen how well the current configuration will fare, but Housley’s penchant for re-assembling his lineup on a game-by-game basis has grown tiresome with the fan base.

2. Team Response

One of two Sabres teams will take to the ice tonight. Fans will either be treated to a re-invigorated squad who plan to set the tone early, or the same out-of-sync, uninspired Buffalo side we’ve seen for years. Housley stated that his team would not “go through this again,” referring to last season’s struggles. Time will tell if that’s truly the case.

3. Boo Birds

After just one period of lackluster play on Thursday, the fans at KeyBank Center voiced their frustration as the Sabres were booed off the ice. That trend continued throughout the contest. Fans are frustrated, and rightfully so. The team needs to put a better product on the ice after nearly a decade of losing. If they fail to do so in short order, the Sabres could be in for another season with an unenthusiastic home crowd.

Projected Lineup

Buffalo Sabres

Forwards

Conor Sheary- Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner - Patrik Berglund - Kyle Okposo

Zemgus Girgensons - Casey Mittelstadt - Tage Thompson

Remi Elie - Evan Rodrigues - Jason Pominville

Defense

Marco Scandella- Rasmus Ristolainen

Jake McCabe - Rasmus Dahlin

Nathan Beaulieu - Casey Nelson

Starting Goaltender: Carter Hutton

New York Rangers

Forwards

Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Pavel Buchnevich

Jimmy Vesey - Kevin Hayes - Mats Zuccarello

Ryan Spooner - Filip Chytil - Jesper Fast

Vladislav Namestnikov - Brett Howden - Vinni Lettieri

Defense

Brady Skjei - Adam McQuaid

Brendan Smith - Kevin Shattenkirk

Marc Staal - Neal Pionk

Starting Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist