Buffalo Sabres (23-33-9) vs. New York Rangers (41-19-5)
Puck Drop: 5:00PM Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
TV: MSG-B, MSG+
Radio: WGR 550
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Know Your Opponent
New York Rangers
Last Game: 5-1 win over the Penguins
Division Ranking: 3rd in the Metropolitan Division
PP: 2nd (26.55%)
PK: 8th (81.82%)
What to Watch
1. Will the Sabres Get Back to Winning?
The Buffalo Sabres have won seven games in March, including three of their last four. They’ve proven they can beat higher ranked teams, and aside from their 6-1 blowout road loss to the Edmonton Oilers on March 17th, they haven’t let any recent opponent dominate and humiliate them into submission. The Sabres need to brush off their shootout defeat against the Capitals and get back to the aggressive, winning mindset they’ve shown in most matchups recently.
2. The Amazing Anderson
Buffalo goaltender Craig Anderson, after suffering a long-term injury early in the season, has since returned to form, enjoying a .904 save percentage this season. The veteran goalie has made some incredible saves to help the Sabres out in close games. Anderson is likely to start in net against the Rangers and hopefully he’ll play as well as he has since he came off IR.
3. Who’s Feeling Lucky?
Sportsbetting Dime has the Rangers favored by a point, and gives New York a 72.1% chance of winning. Aaron Bruce at Sports information Traders has the Rangers with slightly better odds, at 72.5%. However, under Sabres vs. Rangers Betting Trends, Bruce points out that the Sabres have been listed as the underdog 62 times this season and have upset their opponent 21 times. If Buffalo does it for the 22nd time this evening, anyone who bets on the Sabres will get a nice payout.
Jeff Skinner-Tage Thompson-Alex Tuch
Peyton Krebs-Dylan Cozens-Vinnie Hinostroza
Rasmus Asplund-Casey Mittelstadt-Victor Olofsson
Anders Bjork-Zemgus Girgensons-Kyle Okposo
Henri Jokiharju-Rasmus Dahlin
Mattias Samuelsson-Jacob Bryson
Colin Miller-Mark Pysyk
Starting Goalie: Craig Anderson
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Frank Vatrano
Artemi Panarin-Ryan Strome-Andrew Copp
Alexis Lafrienere-Filip Chytil-Barclay Goodrow
Tyler Motte-Jonny Brodzinski- Dryden Hunt
Ryan Lindgren-Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba
Patrik Nemeth-Justin Braun
Starting Goalie: Igor Shesterkin