Game 26: Rangers at Buffalo

December 10, 2011, by

Standings: Sabres (15-11-2), Rangers (15-6-4)

Leading Scorer: Jason Pominville (10-20-30)

Goaltender: Jhonas Enroth (2.32 GAA, .925 SV%)

Rangers Lines:

Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Brian Boyle-John Mitchell
Sean Avery-Brandon Dubinsky-Brandon Prust

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Jeff Woywitka-Anton Stralman

Martin Biron gets the start tonight.

Scratches/Injuries: Marc Staal (concussion symptoms), Mike Rupp (knee), Wojtek Wolski (groin), Mike Sauer (concussion)

Preview:  This is going to be a tough matchup for the Rangers. The Sabres are another one of those small and fast teams, a team that the Rangers generally struggle against. The Sabres, with Pominville, Tomas Vanek, and Derek Roy, have one of the best top lines in the league. Their offseason acquisition of Christian Ehrhoff is paying off, but Ville Leino has been a disappointment thus far (to no one’s surprise). Expect the pairing of Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh to get the majority of the ice time against the Sabres line of Pominville-Roy-Vanek, but outside of that line there isn’t much of a threat, so the Rangers defense might be able to contain a potent Sabres offense.

Suits Take:  The Sabres are very similar to the Rangers at least from a tactics and coaching perspective. They play a 2-1-2 forecheck and will send four or all five guys on the rush if the coverage calls for it.

With that said, the Sabres are indeed a smaller/quicker team, but the Rangers are the more physical team, so expect a “fight fire with fire” type of game. If you can guess the reference, then silk tie for you!

How Jhonas Enroth gets it done in today’s NHL at 5 foot nothing, one hundred sixty something pounds is pretty impressive. He’s been one of the most consistent back up goaltenders not named Biron or Schneider this season. Hopefully someone will get in his face. I vote for Dubinsky.

Crazy Thought: Stralman contributes on the powerplay.

Opponent’s Blog: Sabres Edge

Game time tonight is 7pm on MSG, AM1050 and XM214.

Categories : Game Thread


  1. bob says:

    We can disregard that Hagelin article.That kid is staying now.I was calling for them to bring him up because of his play at the Whale,and so far 2 goals tonight.Hope they start giving him quality minutes.I really like this kid.

    • The Suit says:

      Well, we shouldn’t disregard it as the post’s concept can be applied for future prospects. And Hagelin is still learning.

      • bob says:

        Just for Hagelin,not the concept.This kids a keeper.We are going to have to figure out something with Zuke now.