Game Notes from the Rangers:
- The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at First Niagara Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to complete a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-17-4 (48 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Florida Panthers, 6-1, last night at Madison Square Garden, and are now 6-2-1 in their last nine games. The Sabres enter the contest with a 19-19-6 (44 pts) record to rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last three games.
- Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, Apr. 21, at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.
- Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at First Niagara Center. The Rangers are 1-1-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 3-1 loss on Mar. 12 at Buffalo. The Rangers’ power play is 2-5 (40.0%), while the Blueshirts have held the Sabres scoreless in 10 power play opportunities against with one shorthanded goal in the series. Derek Stepan has notched a team-high, two goals, and is tied with Rick Nash (one goal, one assist) for the team lead in points (two). Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 2.44 GAA and .904 Sv%.
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