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Preview: Sabres roll into Big Apple to face Rangers

Game 11

Buffalo Sabres (8-1-1) vs. New York Rangers (2-4-1)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY

TV: MSG-B

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Rangers Blog: Blueshirt Banter

Know Your Opponent

New York Rangers

Record: 2-4-1 | 5 PTS

Last 10: 2-4-1

Division Ranking: 8th in Metropolitan Division

Conference Ranking: 15th in the Eastern Conference

PP: 13th (20.8%)

PK: 18th (77.4%)

What to Watch

1. Riding the Hot Hand

Winners of three straight, Buffalo looks to continue their hot start at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

The Sabres have dealt with adversity well – most recently confirmed by their 2-0 deficit that was overcome last game against the San Jose Sharks.

There is not much that seems to shake this Sabres squad early on, which makes riding that hot hand a little easier.

2. Preying on Weaker Teams

The New York Rangers most certainly would like to have started the season a little better – a current five-game losing streak certainly points to that thought.  A record of 2-4-1 in their first seven games is not ideal for a team that was expected to struggle a little.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist even finds himself suffering a little out of the gate. In four starts, Lundqvist is 1-3-0 with 14 goals allowed (3.57 goals-allowed average) and a .906 save percentage.

If Buffalo wants to continue to put distance between themselves and non-playoff teams early on, beating teams like the Rangers is incredibly important – even in October.

3. Untouchable in Net

Goaltender Carter Hutton has enjoyed a white-hot start to his 2019-20 campaign.

In six starts, Hutton is 6-0-0 with a 1.65 goals-allowed-average, a .943 save percentage and two shutouts.

While Hutton is expected to split starting duties with Linus Ullmark more than last season, a strong start might buy Hutton more playing time.

Either way, Buffalo looks much stronger in net through their first ten games.

Game Prediction

Forwards

Victor OlofssonJack EichelSam Reinhart

Jeff SkinnerMarcus JohanssonVladimir Sobotka

Jimmy VeseyCasey MittelstadtConor Sheary

Zemgus GirgensonsJohan LarssonKyle Okposo

Defense

Jake McCabeRasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus DahlinColin Miller

Marco ScandellaHenri Jokiharju

Starting Goaltender: Carter Hutton

Game Prediction

New York Rangers (projected)

Forwards

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadKaapo Kakko

Artemi Panarin Ryan StromePavel Buchnevich

Brendan Lemieux Brett HowdenJesper Fast

Brendan SmithLias Andersson Greg McKegg

Defense

Marc StaalAdam Fox

Libor HajekJacob Trouba

Brady SkjeiAnthony DeAngelo

Starting Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist

Talking Points