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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Today's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Buffalo Sabres in a matinee matchup today at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m.) in the first game of a back-to-back home set. The Blueshirts are currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 28-24-7, and rank ninth in the Eastern Conference with 63 points. New York is coming off a season-high, five-day break, and enters the contest having been defeated by the Capitals, 3-2, in overtime on Sunday at the Verizon Center. The Rangers have posted a record of 7-3-3 on Saturday's this season. Following today's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the San Jose Sharks tomorrow, February 17, at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m.) in the second game of their back-to-back home set. The Sabres, 28-21-8, are currently in third place in the Northeast Division standings with 64 points and have earned at least one point in their last 10 games, posting an 8-0-2 record over the span.

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Tune In Today!
Today's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York.

Rangers vs. Sabres Pre-Game Notes:

* The Rangers are 17-13-0 at MSG this season; The Sabres have posted a 13-13-5 record in 31 road contests.
* The Rangers are 7-6-2 against the Northeast Division this season; The Sabres are 5-4-4 vs. Atlantic Division opponents.

* In the last eight games, the Blueshirts have registered seven goals in 32 power play opportunities for a success rate of 21.9 percent.

* The Rangers have posted a 7-3-3 record in 13 Saturday games this season.

* New York has earned at least one point in five of the last six regular season meetings with Buffalo, posting a 2-0-3 record over the span.

* The Blueshirts have tallied 10 power play goals in their last seven contests vs. the Sabres, for a success rate of 27.0 percent (10-37).
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 2-2-1 and a 2.05 goals against average in five career regular season appearances vs. Buffalo; In one game this season, he is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average.

* In the season series, Brandon Dubinsky and Petr Prucha have each tallied one goal and one assist for two points apiece in one game to lead the Rangers.
* Jaromir Jagr has collected 92 points (39 goals and 53 assists) in 70 career games vs. Buffalo; Brendan Shanahan has registered 32 points (16 goals and 16 assists) in 39 career games vs. the Sabres; Martin Straka has registered 32 points (12 goals and 30 assists) in 46 career games vs. Buffalo.

* The Rangers currently have 10 players 25 years of age and under on their roster (Ryan Callahan, Nigel Dawes, Brandon Dubinsky, Dan Girardi, Ryan Hollweg, Lundqvist, Colton Orr, Petr Prucha, Marc Staal, Fedor Tyutin), the most since April 10, 2001 vs. Toronto (10 players); So far this season, they have accounted for 41 goals, or 28.5% of total Rangers scoring.

* Martin Straka is one point shy of 700 career points; Currently, he has registered 253 goals and 446 assists for 699 points in 931 games.

* Danny Hobbs, the Rangers' seventh round pick (198th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has registered eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 34 games with the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets of the United States Hockey League (USHL) this season; The Shawville, Quebec native is tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (two), third in power play goals (three) and fourth in goals (eight), and ranks fifth in points (19).

* The Rangers list one former Sabre on their roster; Chris Drury (2003-04 to 2006-07).
* The Sabres' roster does not list any former Rangers.

All-Time - Rangers vs. Sabres

Overall: 50-65-25-3
At MSG: 30-24-15-2
At Buffalo: 20-41-10-1

2007-08 – Rangers vs. Sabres
Jan. 16 Rangers 2, Sabres 1 at MSG
Feb. 16 Rangers vs. Sabres at MSG
Feb. 23 Rangers vs. Sabres at Buffalo
March 10 Rangers vs. Sabres at Buffalo

Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
Feb. 16 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Feb. 17 Rangers vs. Sharks, 1 p.m.
Feb. 19 Rangers at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.'
Feb. 24 Rangers vs. Florida, 7 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 2-2-1
Last 10 NYR games: 6-3-1

* Marcel Hossa has missed the last nine games with a back injury.

* Brendan Shanahan suffered a leg injury on Feb. 1 at New Jersey, and has missed five games.

* The Rangers have lost 107 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack won their fourth straight game, and eighth in their last nine, and extended a season-high unbeaten-in-regulation streak to 11 games (8-0-2-1), on Friday night, with a 6-1 win at Springfield (Edmonton affiliate). That gave the Pack a sweep in a home-and-home series with the Falcons, as the Wolf Pack prevailed by a 4-3 score in a Wednesday-night battle between the two clubs in Hartford. Ken Gernander’s squad has now registered at least a standings point in 15 of its last 16 games (12-1-2-1), going into an Atlantic-Division matchup with Portland (Anaheim affiliate) tonight (7:00) in Hartford. Sunday will see the Wolf Pack travel to Bridgeport (Islanders affiliate) for a 4:00 clash with the Sound Tigers.

Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:

Artem Anisimov scored for the second straight game on Friday night at Springfield, after notching the GWG in Wednesday’s 4-3 home victory over Springfield.

Alex Bourret registered his third straight two-assist game on Friday night, in the Wolf Pack’s 6-1 triumph in Springfield. He has points in five of his last six games (0-8-8).

Dane Byers netted his first SHG of the season on Friday night in Springfield, giving him a three-game goal-scoring streak (4-1-5). He struck for 2-1-3 last Friday in Providence, in a 7-5 win over the league-leading Bruins.

Bruce Graham earned an assist for the second straight game in Friday evening’s victory in Springfield.

Andrew Hutchinson
dished out two assists, and earned Third-Star honors, in Friday night’s 6-1 win at Springfield. He notched the first-ever hat trick by a Wolf Pack defenseman last Friday, in a 7-5 road victory over Providence. Hutchinson leads AHL defensemen in points (44), after tallying 3-3-6 in his last three games, 4-6-10 in his last six and 6-9-15 in his last 11 outings.

Hugh Jessiman returned to action in Wednesday’s 4-3 home victory over Springfield, after missing the previous five games due to injury, and registered 1-1-2 (Third Star).

Lauri Korpikoski
arned his second straight First-Star nod in Friday night’s triumph in Springfield, with 1-1-2.  Has 2-3-5 in his last three games.

Al Montoya posted his fourth straight win on Friday night in Springfield, with 34 saves in the Pack’s 6-1 triumph.

Greg Moore scored for the second time in his last three games on Friday night, after going without a goal in his previous five AHL games and scoring only once in his previous 11. He struck for his second four-point game of the season in last Friday’s 7-5 victory at Providence, with 1-3-4.

P.A. Parenteau was named Second Star of Friday night’s 6-1 win in Springfield, after chipping in two assists. He ranks 10th in the AHL in points, with 50 points in 50 games.

Corey Potter posted an assist and a plus-3 on Friday night at Springfield. He stands second among AHL defensemen in plus/minus, and fourth overall in the league in that category, at a plus-22.

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