The Rangers and Sabres game tomorrow has been postponed with no make up date announced.
The NHL announcement said:
NEW YORK (Nov. 20, 2014) – Due to the continuing weather-related difficulties in the Greater Buffalo area and out of respect for the fans of the Sabres, Friday’s game between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center, NHL Game No. 291, has been postponed.
A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.
Lee Stempniak is practicing today after being scratched last night due to a lower back issue. (Gross)
All other Rangers are on the ice. (Cyrgalis)
Marc Staal said after yesterday’s win that the Rangers have maybe had a feeling this year that winning would come easy and in certain games it was “just going to happen.” (NY Post)
Staal said that “obviously” hasn’t been the case and the team should have understood that earlier. He said that making the playoffs isn’t easy and you can’t just expect to make it. (NY Post)
He adds that the Rangers have come to realize that they need to prepare and practice for games better as well as “show up and be professional.” (NY Post)
Staal said that the veteran players need to set good examples off the ice and make sure that they prepare the right way and have good practices.
The Rangers talked recently about how they have already had a few wake up calls this season.
Adam Rotter: Maybe it took seeing three former Rangers on the winning side of the worst loss of the season to finally shake guys up. Whatever happened, it needs to happen again and Buffalo tomorrow is a huge test. They can’t look past Buffalo and towards a match up with Montreal on Sunday. They can’t just assume that since Buffalo is at the bottom of the standings they will win. They need to work hard tomorrow, earn two points and continue to hammer home that there is only one way to play.
Cam Talbot picked up his first win of the season and fourth career shutout last night in stopping all 31 shots that the Flyers put on him.
Talbot said that last night he felt like he had something to prove and it was the first time he felt like he did last year. He said that he felt confident after making some early saves. (NY Post)
He said that it was hard for him knowing that he hadn’t really contributed to the team this season so it was important for him to have a strong game. (NY Post)
Alain Vigneault said after the game that to get into the playoffs you need a good backup goalie and added, “that was Cam with a real good performance and we need that from him and hopefully that will give him the confidence that he needs right now to continue to do that.”
Kevin Klein said last night on ESPN Radio, “Talbs deserved it tonight. He played really well and made the stops when we had breakdowns. The last 3 minutes he was stellar.”
Dave Maloney said on ESPN Radio that it was an important start for Talbot and the Flyers forced him to be a “player” late in the game.
In chatting with Pierre McGuire after the Ranger 2-0 win over the Flyers, Derek Stepan said that the Rangers were “structurally sound” and did a good job of defending and managing the puck.
Kevin Klein said on ESPN Radio last night that the Rangers just brought effort last night and had all five guys on the ice and Cam Talbot on the same page. He said that no one was shying away from trying to make a play and everyone on the ice wanted the puck and did a good job managing it.
Alain Vigneault said after the game, “our first two periods were, we barely gave them 5-6 chances and generated I want to say close to 20 and a lot of them were Grade A chances. In the third they had a lot of push there in the last five minutes and Cam made some tremendous saves. Right from the start we played the right way and we have to continue.”
Marty St. Louis said that the Rangers “played hockey” last night and they knew what to fix after Monday’s game against Tampa. (Ranger Rants)
Rick Nash said that the Rangers rolled four lines and got some great saves from Cam Talbot. (NY Times)
Cam Talbot said that the Rangers did a good job of supporting the puck in their own end. (NY Times)
The Rangers out-shot the Flyers 27 to 18 in the first two periods.
Adam Rotter: You could see early on that the Rangers had their legs, that they were pushing the pace, controlling the puck and then got the first goal. With the exception of the Flyers getting some momentum late in the first after they got some PPs, the Rangers dominated the first two periods and the final score doesn’t reflect how much better the Rangers were than the Flyers. Steve Mason was the only reason that this wasn’t a 6-0 Rangers win and the Flyer reaction to the game made it seem like they knew that.
Alain Vigneault met with the media on 98.7 ESPN Radio following the Rangers 2-0 win over the Flyers:
- “That was a little better, eh?”
- What is it about certain opponents, “I don’t have an answer for you right now. We know the right way to play. We have proven it on a number of occasions against some very good teams and we need to do it with consistency.”
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11/20/14 | 7:20PM: Flyers coach Craig Berube said that his team didn’t play hard and didn’t compete. (CSN Philly)
Many Flyers said that they weren’t ready and didn’t skate. (CSN Philly)
Hextall said that his team didn’t play well and that he was “very disappointed.” (Philly Daily News)
11/19/14 | 10:49PM: