Preview: Sabres host Rangers

The Sabres welcome the Rangers and look to add-on to their win last night, 6-1 against the Flyers

Game 36

Buffalo Sabres (7-23-5) vs. New York Rangers (16-15-4)

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


Radio: WGR 550

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New York Rangers

Record: 16-15-4

Last 10: 6-3-1

Division Ranking: 6th in the East

PP: 25th (18.1%)

PK: 6th (84.7%)

1. Starting Fresh

The Sabres snapped their 18-game losing streak yesterday with a triumphant 6-1 win over the Flyers. All four lines produced and nine different players secured points. Tonight we will see if the Sabres can keep rolling and add on another win. Linus Ullmark played a prominent role last night stopping 31 of 32 shots. Tonight Dustin Tokarski will be in the net with a 0-3 record 4.11 GAA, and a .890 SV%.

2. Curtis Lazar out

Curtis Lazar is considered week-to-week by the Sabres, replacing him will be Rasmus Asplund, who missed the last four games due to an upper-body injury.

3. Montour staying hot

In the last five games, Brandon Montour has 4 points, 3 goals in the last two games against the Flyers. Hopefully, he can continue his hot play and continue to be a factor on offense. Montour seems to be playing more freely and joining the rush and putting pucks on the net when he gets the opportunity. Montour is on a one-year contract and if he is looking for a new home, these past few games are only helping his value.

Projected Lineup

Buffalo Sabres (projected)


Taylor Hall - Casey Mittelstadt - Tage Thompson

Victor Olofsson - Riley Sheahan - Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner - Rasmus Asplund - Kyle Okposo

Tobias Rieder - Cody Eakin - Steven Fogarty


Jacob Bryson - Rasmus Ristolainen

Brandon Montour - Colin Miller

Rasmus Dahlin - Henri Jokiharju

Starting Goaltender: Dustin Tokarski

New York Rangers (projected)


Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin - Ryan Strome - Kaapo Kakko

Alexis Lafreniere - Filip Chytil - Julien Gauthier

Phil Di Giuseppe - Kevin Rooney - Colin Blackwell


Ryan Lindgren - Adam Fox

K’Andre Miller - Jacob Trouba

Libor Hajek - Brendan Smith

Starting Goaltender: Igor Shesterkin