PreGame Skate: New York Rangers

Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

When your a team desperate for points to make the playoffs like the Buffalo Sabres, its tough to get ready for a game against the team playing for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.  Sitting one point outside the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Buffalo Sabres are in New York tonight to take on the New York Rangers, who hold a one point lead on the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and are two points back from the league leading St. Louis Blues

 
Sabres fans have not only worry about their own teams score, but also the Washington/Winnipeg game.  The Sabres desperately need that game to end in regulation, and with a Jets victory. 
 
The push for the playoffs continues tonight at 7PM at MSG.  The Sabres have not been able to beat the New York Rangers all year.   While they have been able to squeek out two points from the Rangers in close contests in February, the Sabres need the victory tonight to help their playoff cause. 
One addition to the lineup that wasn’t around for the first three NYR games the Sabres played has been defensive surprise and trade deadline acquisition Alexander Sulzer.  Sulzer has been a pleasant surprise on the blue line.  His immediate chemistry with fellow countrymen and blue line partner Christian Erhoff have helped that situation along. 
 
The Sabres are also benefiting from a healthy roster with an abundance of players.  That should help coach Lindy Ruff heading into the home stretch, because he will not have to worry about running on particular player down by overplaying them, and it will keep the odd man out fresh if Ruff rotates them in and out accordingly. 
 
I would expect to see Ryan Miller in net today for the desperate blue and gold, despite losing the last two contests against the New York Rangers, his numbers have been above average, only allowing three goals on 57 shots.     Miller doesnt want to get complacent in how the team is playing though. 
 
I’m trying not to be satisfied, we’ve got a lot of hockey left to play.
 
Strong words from the goalie to his team that basically say, hey guys – the run is great, the Tampa games was awesome, Montreal didn’t have it – but its far from being an easy road to the post season.  Despite trailing the Washington Capitals, with one game remaining against the Caps, the Buffalo Sabres are in very little control over their destiny, but can still make the playoffs with little help from others. 

Topics: Alexander Sulzer, Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Miller, Trade Deadline

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