SKAPSKI FLAWLESS AS RANGERS REGAIN TOP SPOT IN NHL
Mackenzie Skapski recorded his first career NHL shutout to help the Rangers complete their road trip with a 4-0-1 record and earn a point for the 15th time in their past 17 games overall (13-1-3).
* The Rangers (43-17-7, 93 points) opened a three-point lead over the Islanders (43-24-4, 90 points) – who lost in regulation – atop the Metropolitan Division. They also regained control of first place in the entire NHL, where the top seven teams are separated by three points:
* The Rangers swept their season series with the Sabres for the second straight season. They have won seven straight meeting with Buffalo dating back to April 19, 2013, matching their longest stretch in head-to-head matchups (also March 23, 1971 to March 2, 1972).