Tonight, the New York Rangers take on the Buffalo Sabres at Keybank Center at 7 p.m. ET. After coming off of a devastating loss to the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night, the Rangers look to bounce back to start another win streak. Here is a preview of tonight’s matchup between the Rangers and the Sabres.
Disaster in Madison Square Garden
The Rangers were on a roll, looking good to the point of taking over first in the Metropolitan Division. That is, until they got buried by the Avalanche in a 7-3 loss, ending the Rangers’ seven-game win streak at the Garden. Everyone knew that Colorado was going to give the Rangers a run for their money, but this was a blowout.
The Rangers still have their chance of taking over the division with a win tonight and a Washington Capitals loss.
Mikko Rantanen scored twice for the Avalanche, along with back-to-back goals in the second period by Logan O’Connor. Nazem Kadri got a goal and two assists.
For the Rangers, Jacob Trouba got a goal and an assist. Nils Lundkvist scored his first NHL goal. In his excitement, he fell to the ice, only to get up acting natural as if nothing happened. Rangers goalie Adam Huska made his NHL debut, saving 32 shots, but ended up with the loss. There were a couple of goals allowed that Huska would probably say he should’ve had, but Huska did make some excellent saves throughout the game.
Huska was sent down to the Hartford Wolf Pack, along with Morgan Barron. Keith Kinkaid was recalled, although he is unavailable due to COVID protocols.
Rangers vs Sabres
The Rangers are looking ahead to their game against the Sabres. The Sabres are 8-14-3 in 25 games this season, looking to end their four-game losing streak.
The last time these two teams played against each other was November 21, 2021. It ended in dramatic fashion as Ryan Lindgren scored with less than one second left in the third period, putting the Rangers up 5-4. This goal won the game for them. Sabres’ Tage Thompson and Rasmus Dahlin each got a goal and an assist. Artemi Panarin of the Rangers got three assists.
Igor Shesterkin is still out with a right leg injury, so it is likely Alexandar Georgiev will be in goalie for the Rangers.
The Rangers are going to try to get things going after that terrible loss against the Avalanche. The Sabres are going to try to end their losing streak. It will be a battle of wills between the Rangers, a hot team that suffered a horrible loss, verse a struggling Sabres team that is fighting to get a win. What is going to happen in this battle? Stay tuned at 7 p.m. ET tonight to see which New York team outplays the other.
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