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Hutton eyes seventh straight win to start season for Buffalo; New York looks to avoid sixth loss in row

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

SABRES (8-1-1) at RANGERS (2-4-1)

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG, MSG-B, NHL.TV 


The Game

Carter Hutton will look to become the second goalie in Buffalo Sabres history to win his first seven starts when he faces the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Hutton, who is 6-0-0, with a 1.65 goals-against-average and .943 save percentage, can join Ryan Miller, who went 8-0-0 to start the 2006-07 season. 

The Sabres will try to for their fourth consecutive win and ninth in 11 game. 

The Rangers are looking to avoid their sixth straight loss; they are 0-4-1 in their past five games and have been outscored 20-9.


Players to watch

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner, who has scored a goal in consecutive games, is second in the NHL with 49 shots on goal, one behind Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin.

Rangers forward Kaapo Kakko, who got his first NHL assist in a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, will play on the first line against Buffalo, along with center Mika Zibanejad and forward Chris Kreider.


They said it

"Pretty well everything that's happening here on the positive offensively 5-on-5 or 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 is coming from excellent defensive work and decisions that the guys are making. That gets lost in the general analysis of a game. The tracking, the way the [defensemen] are gapping up, all of that is causing the opposition stress in that we're attacking them when they're quite weak." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger

"We want to put [Kakko] in a position to have the best success possible. He works hard and puts a lot of pressure on himself, so I think when you show up at the rink and you have Mika Zibanejad as your center, you're going to feel a little bit better." -- Rangers coach David Quinn


Sabres projected lineup

Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner -- Marcus Johansson -- Vladimir Sobotka

Jimmy Vesey -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Conor Sheary

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo

Rasmus Dahlin -- Colin Miller

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella -- Henri Jokiharju

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark


Scratched: John Gilmour, Evan Rodrigues

Injured: Brandon Montour (hand), Zach Bogosian (hip), Matt Hunwick (neck)


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Kaapo Kakko

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Pavel Buchnevich

Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Jesper Fast

Greg McKegg -- Lias Andersson -- Brendan Smith

Libor Hajek -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Adam Fox

Brady Skjei -- Tony DeAngelo

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Micheal Haley

Injured: Yegor Rykov (ankle)


Status report

Quinn said he wasn't sure if Haley would be scratched or if it would be someone else. … The Sabres did not hold a morning skate.


Stat pack

The Sabres have scored the first goal in eight of their 10 games and are 7-1-0 in those games. … Mittelstadt has five points (three goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. … The Rangers have 12 minor penalties, have been outscored 9-5 and outshot 95-62 in the first period this season.

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