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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Tonight's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back home set. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 37-26-8, and seventh in the Eastern Conference with 82 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Canadiens, 4-3, in the shootout on Tuesday at the Bell Centre, and have won six of their last eight games. The Blueshirts have posted a 7-2-2 record in their last 11 games at MSG. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators, tomorrow, March 22 at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to complete their 15th and final back-to-back set of the 2008-09 regular season. The Sabres, 34-29-8, currently rank 10th in the Eastern Conference standings with 76 points, and have lost five of their last six games (1-4-1).

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on WPIX (Channel 11). You can also catch the radio broadcast on WABC (770 AM) and on satellite radio at XM 206.

Rangers vs. Sabres Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers are 21-10-4 at home this season; The Sabres have posted a 14-16-5 record in 35 road contests.

* The Rangers are 6-7-3 against the Northeast Division this season; The Sabres have posted a 9-8-1 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

* New York has tallied eight goals in 45 power play opportunities over the last 10 games (17.8%), dating back to February 25 at Toronto.

* The Blueshirts have held opponents scoreless on the power play in seven of their last 10 games at MSG (34-for-37, 91.9%).

* The Rangers have posted a 7-2-2 record in their last 11 games at Madison Square Garden.

* The Blueshirts have recorded an 8-4-2 record in the first game of back-to-back sets, and are 5-1-0 when the first game of the set is played at MSG.

* The Rangers have earned a point in five of their last seven meetings vs. Buffalo, posting a 4-2-1 record over the span.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 5-4-1 record with a 2.33 goals against average in 10 career regular-season appearances vs. the Sabres; Steve Valiquette is 0-0-1 with a 0.92 goals against average in one career regular season appearance vs. Buffalo.

* Scott Gomez leads the Rangers with two points (one goal and one assist) in three games vs. Buffalo this season.

* Wade Redden has registered 27 points (seven goals and 20 assists) in 62 career games vs. the Sabres; Gomez has notched 24 points (eight goals and 16 assists) in 34 career games vs. Buffalo; Markus Naslund has collected 21 points (eight goals and 13 assists) in 29 career contests vs. the Sabres.

* Nik Antropov enters tonight's contest riding a three-game goal-scoring streak (three goals); Gomez has recorded 10 points (three goals and seven assists) in the last nine games; Ryan Callahan has tallied five points (two goals and three assists) in the last four games.

* John Tortorella recorded his 245th career win, a 4-3 shootout victory at Montreal, on Tuesday to pass Peter Laviolette for the most coaching victories by a U.S.-born coach.

* Paul Crowder, signed as a free agent by the Rangers on Thursday, registered 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points in 35 games with the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) this season; the third-year player led the team in assists (19) and points (33), and tied for second in goals (14) while establishing WCHA career-highs in each category.

* New York lists one former Sabre on their roster; Chris Drury (2003-04 to 2006-07).

* Buffalo's roster lists one former Ranger; Dominic Moore (2003-04 to 2005-06).\

All Time – Rangers vs. Sabres
Overall: 53-67-25-4
At MSG: 31-25-15-2
At Buffalo: 22-42-10-2

2008-09 - Rangers vs. Sabres

Oct. 15 Rangers 1, Sabres 3 at MSG
Jan. 9 Rangers 1, Sabres 2 (SO) at Buffalo
Feb. 21 Rangers 2, Sabres 4 at Buffalo
March 21 Rangers vs. Sabres at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule

March 21 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
March 22 Rangers vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
March 24 Rangers vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
March 26 Rangers at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
March 28 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games

Last 5 NYR games: 3-2-0
Last 10 NYR games: 6-3-1


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* The Rangers have lost 25 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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

The Wolf Pack (39-25-3-3, 84 pts.) moved into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division with a 3-1 win at Portland (Buffalo affiliate) on Friday night.  The victory was the Pack’s fourth in five games, and marked the 13th time in the last 15 outings that the club has posted at least a standings point (12-2-1-0).  Ken Gernander’s team registered its third shutout of the season Wednesday night at home vs. Lowell (New Jersey affiliate), 1-0, after dropping a 4-1 decision at Worcester (San Jose affiliate) Sunday.  The Pack continues a stretch of nine out of 11 on the road with games tonight (7:00) at Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) and tomorrow (4:00) in Providence (Boston affiliate).

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