Nov 29, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Pregame #29: New York Rangers

Good afternoon, Buffalo Sabres fans!!!!

Apr 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Marcus Foligno (82) heads into the zone as New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) defends during the second period at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

It’s game day, and I must say, it’s about damn time!  Even with our Sabres languishing at the very bottom of the NHL with a 6-20-2 record, I must confess: I have missed watching NHL hockey.  Yep – you heard me right: I really have not caught much NHL hockey since the Sabres last played New jersey on Saturday evening.   My TV was showing the Canadians-Devils game last night, and I may have looked up to catch the score a few times, but much like the Sabres needed a break in order to get their heads on straight, so I needed a few days off to gather my thoughts and get ready for Buffalo’s December schedule.

The good news: this month’s schedule contains a number of winnable games for these Sabres, beginning with tonight’s match-up against the inconsistent and New York Rangers. The Blueshirts currently sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division, with a 14-14-0 record, but with a goal differential of -9 on the season.  Following a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, coach Alain Vigneault had this to say about his team:

 

 

 

 Must be a New York State of mind, coach, because the Islanders and the Sabres kind of stink, too!

The Sabres would love to capitalize on the Ranger’s issues, but they’ll going up against Henrik Lundqvist, who signed a seven-year extension with New York yesterday.  The last time these two teams met, Lundqvist blanked the Sabres as the Rangers won 2-0, and it goes without saying that a team with a -37 goal differential (that would be Buffalo!) will struggle to score against this guy . . . so good luck with that, gents!  Buffalo will have to skate hard, keep themselves out of the penalty box, and capitalize on the few good scoring chances they get if they want to get any points out of this match-up, all the while hoping that the Rangers’ offense doesn’t decide that tonight would be a good time to explode.

Tonight’s game is expected to begin at 7 p.m.  Make sure you head over to our fan chatter post in order to leave your two cents, follow us on Twitter @sabrenoise, and then come back later this evening to read what we thought of the game!  Make it a Sabre Noise kind of night, and enjoy the game!!!

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