Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate: New York Rangers

When Broadway comes to Buffalo. No, it’s not a special showing at Shea’s Performing Arts Center – its the New York Rangers coming to town to give the Buffalo Sabres what could be their 2013 curtain call.

With their win over the Florida Panthers last night, the New York Rangers pulled back ahead by four points, and have a game in hand on the Sabres still. A regulation win by the blue shirts tonight – would end the Buffalo Sabres late season heroics at trying to catch the NY Rangers for the final playoff spot.

Since dropping a miserable game to the Montreal Canadiens, the Buffalo Sabres have won three in a row, a recipe for disaster for the Blue and Gold because they have not been able to win four in a row in the 2013 campaign. Advantage white.

Coming off one of the best games he has played all year, expect Ryan Miller to be back in the net tonight for the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo will need him to be in the same form tonight that he was in during the Boston game – if the Sabres are going to have a chance at the playoffs. Advantage blue. While mathematically speaking the Sabres are still in it, the Rangers know better. They will rest Henrik Lundqvist and go with Marty Biron in net.  Advantage Blue

It should be an interesting game. The teams have split the games so far this year, with both teams winning on home ice. Advantage blue.

If the Rangers don’t come in tonight respecting the Buffalo Sabres game – spotty as it may be – the blue and gold could turn the tables on the Rangers and send them back to Manhattan flattened. Buffalo will have rested a day after playing an emotional game in Boston. Hopefully the Rangers expunged all their energy while defeating the Florida Panthers last night.

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