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Preview: Off to the Big Apple

Sabres head to Manhattan to face the Rangers

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Game #75

Buffalo Sabres (23-39-12) vs. New York Rangers (32-34-8)

Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY

Season Series: 2-0 Ranges

1/1: Rangers 3, Sabres 2 (OT) (recap)

1/18: Rangers 4, Sabres 3 (recap)


Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Rangers blog: Blueshirt Banter

What to Watch

1. Score a goal?

The Sabres are back to not being able to find the back of the net. They’ve scored one goal in the past nine periods. That one goal was scored by fourth line winger Jordan Nolan. The task doesn’t get any easier tonight with Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Know Your Opponent

1. New Look Rangers

The Rangers went all-in on their rebuild and sold off a lot of good pieces at the trade deadline. Rick Nash, Michael Grabner, Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller are gone. Vlad Namestnikov, Ryan Spooner and John Gilmour are a few new players that have replaced them on the roster.

Projected Lineup (unconfirmed)

20 Scott Wilson - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 23 Sam Reinhart

28 Zemgus Girgensons - 15 Jack Eichel - 29 Jason Pominville

17 Jordan Nolan - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 13 Nick Baptiste

67 Benoit Pouliot - 22 Johan Larsson - 21 Kyle Okposo

6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

45 Brendan Guhle - 8 Casey Nelson

4 Josh Gorges - 93 Victor Antipin

Starting Goaltender: 40 Robin Lehner