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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate #15: New York Rangers


The Buffalo Sabres head into New York seeking their 3rd win of the season and if Ryan Miller is between the pipes it may be his last game in blue and gold as a member of the Buffalo Sabres. This is the 15th game of the Buffalo Sabres young season and the team is starting to come together to play some exciting hockey and tonight they square off against another team who has had early season struggles in the New York Rangers.

The Rangers are 4-7-0 on the season and sit only a few spots up on the Sabres in the standings. The Rangers, much like the Sabres are

currently winless at home but in just their 2nd home game of the season they’re hoping to change that while the Sabres are hoping to keep them winless at home.

Patrick Kaleta is still serving his suspension, John Scott is awaiting news of his suspension and Corey Tropp is not quite ready to return so those are three names you can pencil out for tonight’s game and Mike Weber will likely remain out due to injury. Nikita Zadorov will be the healthy scratch tonight on the Sabres blueline. The Rangers will be without the services of Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash for tonight’s game.

The Sabres need to avoid their slow starts which have hurt them all season long and try to get an early jump on the New York Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist. Matt Moulson is playing his second game with the Sabres and he already sits 3rd in scoring. He’s the hottest player coming into tonight’s game with 7 goals in his last 7 games and he’ll look to prove his 2-goal debut was not just a fluke. Hopefully he and Tyler Ennis can keep their chemistry together and help keep Cody Hodgson flying without Thomas Vanek.

This will be a tough game for the Buffalo Sabres but a good game to give to Jhonas Enroth if they feel Miller needs a break. Enroth has been the hotter of the two as of late and the Sabres need to utilize strong goaltending against a Rangers tandem that has allowed 12 goals through the last 6 games. The Sabres need to throw pucks on net early on and sustain the pressure, they can’t be trailing early on and expect to sneak back in against the Rangers.

The Halloween game kicks off at 7 tonight from Madison Square Garden as the Sabres try to trick the Rangers and leave New York with the treat of a third win.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Game Day New York Rangers Pregame Skate

  • davidmuscalo

    The fact that Callahan and Nash are out gives me some hope. It would a real boost for the team if they win tonight. I just wish the defense were better.