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Game 12: Take advantage of a bad team in Buffalo

Photo: Newsday
Photo: Newsday

Tonight the lowly Sabres are in town, one game removed from dealing their best player to the Islanders. Buffalo is without John Scott tonight, so that’s one less goon to worry about. This is a very bad Sabres team, and the Rangers should really be looking to build off their strong win on Tuesday against the Isles. Did I mention how this is not a good Buffalo team yet?

Buffalo is a tough team to figure out. In fact, aside from their constant attempts to take out the opposition’s best player, we haven’t really been able to pinpoint a specific forechecking system. Same goes for the defensive zone system. (All jokes aside, they run a crappy 2-1-2 and a low zone collapse). On special teams, the Sabres run an umbrella powerplay and a hybrid penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup (unconfirmed):

Chris KreiderDerek StepanBrad Richards
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-J.T. Miller
Carl Hagelin-TBD-Mats-Zuccarello
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-John Moore

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start

PP1: Del Zotto-Richards, Kreider-Stepan-Brassard
PP2: McDonagh-J. Moore, Pouliot-Miller-Boyle

Scratches:  Rick Nash (concussion), Ryan Callahan (thumb), Dominic Moore (oblique), Justin Falk (healthy)

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  1. Mashinter is starting no?

    And, I have to object here, the level of vitriol leveled at Scott (especially hyperbolic calls for Sabres coach and GM to be fired or fined) is really quite ridiculous.

    The hit was not at all something that rises to the level of the reaction its received. Scott bee-lined across the ice, with the obvious intent to level Eriksson, yes. His hit may have even been a tad late, yes. But, the real crux of the condemnation is the elbow to the head, which upon review was obviously incidental and unintentional. The hit is initially a solid body to chest hit. After the collision, and in the course of the reaction to the contact, Scott’s elbow comes up and clips Eriksson in the head. Very unfortunate result, maybe a bit late, but definitely not an intention head-hunting hit in my estimation.

    People need to dial back the outrage on this one.

    1. Head shot is a head shot. No one knows what his true intentions were. He got 7 games. Justifiable IMO.

      1. Oh, I don’t disagree with the suspension. You need to base the penalty on the actual action, not the intent. And there was clearly an elbow to the head.

        I just find the commentary on the hit incredibly overreactive. He’s not a goon because of that hit –even if he may be a goon. Coach shouldn’t be fined or fired. GM shouldn’t be punished. It’s all a little ridiculous.

    2. Coach or GM shouldn’t be fired, no. But that was as blatant a head shot as you will see in the NHL, and worth the vitriol Scott receives.

  2. Here is a chance to play a weak team, down on it’s luck, at home. Go out there and kick some butt, they would if they could, when we are down. No letting up, string a few wins together. LOR!!!!! Just win!

  3. Man it’s great that my first reaction to a Rangers power play is not “I wish this was football and we could decline the penalty”.

  4. i like these snappy new headlines on the game summaries this year. tells me everything i need to know in 7 words or less

  5. Buffalo is really not good. They are blowing up their roster and I think they are a joke. Teams that make no effort to ice a competitive team should lose their franchise.

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