NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, October 15th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (2-0-0) at New York Rangers (5-0-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers will try for the first 6-0 start to a
season in franchise history tonight, when they welcome the unbeaten Buffalo
Sabres to Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers improved to 5-0 with Monday's victory over New Jersey to equal the
club's best-ever start from the 1983-84 campaign.
Aaron Voros notched a pair of goals and an assist to lift the Blueshirts to
the 4-1 decision over the Devils. It was the opening contest of a three-game
homestand for New York.
Brandon Dubinsky scored and added a pair of helpers for New York, which went
7-0-1 versus New Jersey last season and started this campaign's series with a
resounding win. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25-of-26 shots to record his fourth
The latest victory came just hours after Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov
died while playing for Avangard Omsk of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.
Cherepanov, a 19-year-old who was taken 17th overall in the 2007 draft,
collapsed on the bench in the third period and attempts to revive him were
The Sabres have jumped out to a 2-0 start to the year and are coming off
Monday's lopsided victory against the New York Islanders.
Thomas Vanek scored twice as Buffalo crushed the Islanders, 7-1, at Nassau
Coliseum. Vanek is off to a strong start to the season with three goals in his
first two games. He didn't score his third goal until 10 contests into the
Jason Pominville and Ales Kotalik each had a goal and two assists while Maxim
Afinogenov and Daniel Paille each finished with two helpers for the Sabres.
Patrick Lalime finished the contest with 23 saves.
Sabres forward Jochen Hecht suffered an unspecified upper body injury in
Monday's contest and will not play in this evening's contest after returning
to Buffalo to receive treatment.
The Rangers went 4-0 against the Sabres in 2007-08 after getting swept by
Buffalo in the four meetings the previous year. The Sabres have won nine of
the last 15 encounters overall and five of eight at the Garden.
10/15 10:18:49 ET