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The Rangers face-off against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of their back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 29-28-8 (66 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Washington Capitals, 2-0, last night at the Verizon Center, and are now 4-2-1 in their last seven contests. The Sabres enter the contest with a 34-20-9 (77 pts.) record to rank third in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers return to action on Wednesday, Mar. 10, when they will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in a matchup between Atlantic Division rivals.Download complete game notes >>
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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 204.
Rangers vs. Sabres Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers rank 27th in the NHL at home with a record of 14-15-5 (33 pts.) in 34 games; the Sabres have posted a record of 14-12-3 (31 pts.) in 29 road games to rank 19th in the league.
* New York has posted a record of 10-3-1 vs. the Northeast Division; Buffalo has registered an 9-6-2 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.
* Henrik Lundqvist
has posted a record of 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in two appearances vs. Buffalo this season; Lundqvist is 7-5-1 with a 2.34 goals against average in 13 career regular season appearances vs. the Sabres.
* Marian Gaborik
leads the Rangers with two assists and three points in two games vs. Buffalo this season; Ryan Callahan
has recorded a team-high two goals in the season series vs. the Sabres.
* Vinny Prospal has tallied a team-high 12 goals and 29 points in 46 career regular-season contests vs. Buffalo; Wade Redden
leads the Rangers with 20 assists in 64 career regular season games vs. the Sabres.
* Callahan made his NHL debut at Buffalo on Dec. 1, 2006.
* New York lists one former Sabre on its roster: Chris Drury (2003-04 to 2006-07).
* Buffalo lists no former Rangers on its roster.All Time – Rangers vs. Sabres
At MSG: 32-26-15-2
At Buffalo: 23-42-10-22009-10 - Rangers vs. Buffalo
Dec. 5 Rangers 2, Sabres 1 at Buffalo
Dec. 12 Rangers 2, Sabres 3 at MSG
March 7 Rangers vs. Sabres at MSG
April 6 Rangers vs. Sabres at BuffaloUpcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Mar. 7 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Mar. 10 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Mar. 12 Rangers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 14 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 3 p.m.
Mar. 16 Rangers vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.Injuries
* The Rangers have lost 57 manpower games due to injury or illness this season. Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack (26-27-5-5, 62 pts.) battled back from an early 2-0 deficit at Western-Conference-leading Hamilton (Montreal affiliate) on Saturday night, but ended up falling to the Bulldogs in a shootout, 3-2. The Pack now have at least a standings point in four of their last six games (1-2-2-1), but are winless in their last five (0-2-2-1) and have won only once in their last 11 outings (1-7-2-1). Currently standing five points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Wolf Pack continued a stretch of five straight road games today (4:00) at Toronto (Maple Leafs affiliate). They will travel to Worcester (San Jose affiliate) Wednesday (7:05) and Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) Friday (7:30), before returning to the XL Center to host Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) on Saturday (7:00).
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