NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, March 27th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (44-21-5) at New York Rangers (39-20-12), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres try to halt a five-game losing slide
tonight when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Buffalo's skid comes on the heels of eight straight victories. With 93 points,
the Sabres are fourth in the Eastern Conference -- three ahead of the fifth-
On Saturday the Sabres dropped a 5-4 tilt in Boston, as Marco Sturm tallied
the game-winning goal late in the third period for the Bruins.
Chris Drury had a goal and an assist for the Sabres. Maxim Afinogenov finished
with three assists, while Ryan Miller allowed five goals on 39 shots.
Buffalo was within striking distance of first place in the Northeast Division
just a few weeks ago, but now sits nine behind frontrunning Ottawa in the
The Sabres will host Boston on Wednesday,
New York, meanwhile, has dropped its last three matches and is tied with
Philadelphia atop the Atlantic Division standings. On Saturday the Blueshirts
dropped a 4-3 shootout tilt in Tampa, as Brad Richards scored the lone goal of
the shootout for the Lightning.
Petr Prucha and Jaromir Jagr each notched a goal and an assist for the
Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist allowed three goals on 34 shots as New York lost in
the shootout for the second straight game.
Jagr has eight goals and seven assists during an eight-game point streak,
while Michael Nylander has four tallies and 10 helpers during his own seven-
Jagr netted his 51st goal of the season, leaving him 11 shy of his career high
of 62 set in 1995-96 during his Pittsburgh days.
The Rangers will visit the NY Rangers on Wednesday.
Buffalo has won two of the first three meetings with New York, and taken five
of the last six overall in the series.
The Sabres have won in three straight trips to MSG.
03/27 10:33:30 ET