Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Buffalo

2011-12 Season Game No. 74 at Madison Square Garden

Friday, 03.23.2012 / 12:01 AM / News
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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Buffalo
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Tonight's Game
NYR VS. BUF
The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their seven-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 46-20-7 (99 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, in overtime on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 4-2-0 on their current seven-game homestand. The Sabres enter the contest with a 35-29-10 (80 pts) record to rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, and have won four of their last six games. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG 2 with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. Click here for complete MSG2 channel listings. You can also catch the radio broadcast on AM 1600 WWRL and on satellite radio at XM 212.

Rangers vs. Sabres Pregame Notes

* Tonight is the fourth and final meeting of the Rangers and Sabres this season, and the second at MSG. The Rangers are 3-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road) following a 3-2 overtime win on Feb. 25 at MSG. The Rangers have outscored Buffalo, 8-3, in the series, including a 5-1 advantage in the third period and overtime. Carl Hagelin leads the Rangers with three goals and four points against Buffalo, while Michael Del Zotto has tallied a team-high three assists. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-0-0 with a 0.94 goals-against average, .963 save percentage and one shutout, and Martin Biron is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .970 save percentage.

* Eight of the last 11 Rangers-Sabres games have been decided by one goal, including four that required overtime.

* Ryan Callahan has notched the game-winning goal in each contest against Buffalo this season, including the game-deciding goal in the Rangers' 1-0 shootout win on Feb. 1.

* The Rangers rank fourth with a 26-9-2 (54 pts) record at home; Buffalo ranks 20th with a 16-18-2 (34 pts) mark on the road.

* The Rangers are 9-6-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Sabres are 5-9-3 vs. the Atlantic Division.

* The Rangers list one former Sabre on their roster: Martin Biron (1995-96 to 2006-07).

* Buffalo lists no former Rangers on its roster.

All Time -- Rangers vs. Sabres
Overall: 60-71-25-5
At MSG: 34-27-15-3
At Buffalo: 26-44-10-2

2011-12 Rangers vs. Buffalo
Dec. 10 Rangers 4, Sabres 1 at Buffalo
Feb. 1 Rangers 1, Sabres 0 (SO) at Buffalo
Feb. 25 Rangers 3, Sabres 2 (OT) at MSG
March 23 Rangers vs. Sabres at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
March 23 Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
March 24 Rangers at Toronto, 7 p.m.
March 27 Rangers at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
March 28 Rangers at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
March 30 Rangers vs. Montreal, 7:30

Injuries

* Michael Sauer has missed 49 games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.

* Steve Eminger has missed three games with an injury suffered on March 15.

* The Rangers have lost 211 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.