Game Preview: Sputtering off to Buffalo

Ryan Miller has won three straight against the Blueshirts.
Ryan Miller has won three straight against the Blueshirts.

The struggling Rangers (13-13-1) visit the red hot Buffalo Sabres (16-7-2) tonight at HSBC Arena at 7 PM. The Sabres are coming off four straight wins in which they have scored a combined 18 goals. Sabres backstop and Vezina Trophy front runner Ryan Miller (16-4-2, 1.84 GAA) will be opposed by Henrik Lundqvist (11-10-1, 2.74 GAA) and will attempt to build on his impressive career numbers (8-3-2, 2.38 GAA) versus the Blueshirts.

Probable Lines and Defense Pairings:
Vinny Prospal- Artem Anisimov- Marian Gaborik
Sean Avery- Chris Drury- Ryan Callahan
Christopher Higgins- Erik Christensen- Ales Kotalik
Enver Lisin- Brian Boyle- P.A. Parenteau

Marc Staal- Michal Rozsival
Michael Del Zotto- Dan Girardi
Ilkka Heikkinen- Matt Gilroy

Tonight is the first game for Rangers newcomers Erik Christensen and Ilkka Heikkinen. Let’s hope these two can provide some sort of spark offensively and a week of practices has fixed some of the defensive breakdowns which have become commonplace as of late. If the Rangers struggle early on either end, this one could easily turn into a laugher for the high powered home team.

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