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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Buffalo

2009-10 Season Game No. 66 at Madison Square Garden

Sunday, 03.07.2010 / 10:32 AM / News
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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Buffalo
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Tonight’s Game
NYR VS. BUF
The Rangers face-off against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of their back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 29-28-8 (66 pts.). The Rangers enter tonight's contest having been defeated by the Washington Capitals, 2-0, last night at the Verizon Center, and are now 4-2-1 in their last seven contests. The Sabres enter the contest with a 34-20-9 (77 pts.) record to rank third in the Eastern Conference. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers return to action on Wednesday, Mar. 10, when they will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in a matchup between Atlantic Division rivals.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 204.

Rangers vs. Sabres Pre-Game Notes

* The Rangers rank 27th in the NHL at home with a record of 14-15-5 (33 pts.) in 34 games; the Sabres have posted a record of 14-12-3 (31 pts.) in 29 road games to rank 19th in the league.

* New York has posted a record of 10-3-1 vs. the Northeast Division; Buffalo has registered an 9-6-2 mark vs. the Atlantic Division.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in two appearances vs. Buffalo this season; Lundqvist is 7-5-1 with a 2.34 goals against average in 13 career regular season appearances vs. the Sabres.

* Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with two assists and three points in two games vs. Buffalo this season; Ryan Callahan has recorded a team-high two goals in the season series vs. the Sabres.

* Vinny Prospal has tallied a team-high 12 goals and 29 points in 46 career regular-season contests vs. Buffalo; Wade Redden leads the Rangers with 20 assists in 64 career regular season games vs. the Sabres.

* Callahan made his NHL debut at Buffalo on Dec. 1, 2006.

* New York lists one former Sabre on its roster: Chris Drury (2003-04 to 2006-07).

* Buffalo lists no former Rangers on its roster.

All Time – Rangers vs. Sabres
Overall: 55-68-25-4
At MSG: 32-26-15-2
At Buffalo: 23-42-10-2

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Buffalo
Dec. 5 Rangers 2, Sabres 1 at Buffalo
Dec. 12 Rangers 2, Sabres 3 at MSG
March 7 Rangers vs. Sabres at MSG
April 6 Rangers vs. Sabres at Buffalo

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Mar. 7 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Mar. 10 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Mar. 12 Rangers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 14 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 3 p.m.
Mar. 16 Rangers vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.

Injuries

* None.

* The Rangers have lost 57 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack (26-27-5-5, 62 pts.) battled back from an early 2-0 deficit at Western-Conference-leading Hamilton (Montreal affiliate) on Saturday night, but ended up falling to the Bulldogs in a shootout, 3-2. The Pack now have at least a standings point in four of their last six games (1-2-2-1), but are winless in their last five (0-2-2-1) and have won only once in their last 11 outings (1-7-2-1). Currently standing five points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Wolf Pack continued a stretch of five straight road games today (4:00) at Toronto (Maple Leafs affiliate).  They will travel to Worcester (San Jose affiliate) Wednesday (7:05) and Springfield (Edmonton affiliate) Friday (7:30), before returning to the XL Center to host Lowell (New Jersey affiliate) on Saturday (7:00).

For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.