Buffalo Sabres Vs. New York Rangers
The Buffalo Sabres took on the New York Rangers Monday night in the forth contest of the season. Prior to the contest, all eyes were on the teams new coaching staff. The team was unable to practice prior to their first game under new coach Don Granato. After losing his first matchup against the Bruins, the second game was put on hold due to four Boston players being put into Covid-19 Protocol. However, no players on the Sabres roster tested positive for Covid-19. Now that the team has had the opportunity to practice with their new coaching staff, excitement surrounded their game Monday night.
The Sabres opened the scoring in the second period with an even strength goal from Rasmus Asplund. This was the young forwards second goal of the season in six games. In addition, Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton was injured in the first period of the game. Backup goaltender Dustin Tokarski came on in relief in his first contest as a Buffalo Sabre. Tokarski had not played in an NHL game since his time with Anaheim in the 2016-2017 season. The Sabres second period lead was short lived as the Rangers potted three shortly after. The game ended with a final score of 5-3, marking the Sabres 14th straight loss.
More on the Sabres New Coaching Staff
Since the addition of Don Granato, Matt Ellis, and Dan Girardi, the Buffalo Sabres are now 0-2. Regardless of the outcome, the change behind the bench has shed new light on the organization. Many within the oginization believe that this change has already been for the better. One story to support this came from Lance Lysowaki, Sabres writer for the Buffalo News. Lysowaki reported that Granato took to the drawing board several times during his first fast pace practice with the team. Lysowaki also reported that former coach Ralph Krueger never used the board during practice in his time with the Sabres.
Although these actions seem minor, any adjustment is a positive one when it comes to the 2021 Buffalo Sabres. As Granato’s time with the organization progresses, small changes like this may be the difference in effort the team has been in need of.
Rangers Game Marks 14 Straight Losses
The Buffalo Sabres loss to the New York Rangers on Monday night marks the teams 14th straight loss. This ties the franchises previous longest losing streak, a record that was set during the 2014-2015 season. To make matters worse, this was a record set prior to the acquisition of Jack Eichel. In a period of time where the Sabres were built to lose, the question has to be asked, how could a team with a talented roster play just as poorly.
The Sabres next contest will be on Wednesday March 24 where they will look to snap their losing streak against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Sabres have yet to beat the Penguins in two pervious contests this season. Puck drop is scheduled for 8pm.
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