The Rangers haven’t lost back-to-back games since December, but just went on a rough 1-2-0 stretch against the three other playoff Metro teams. Luckily they are in Buffalo tonight to take on the lowly Sabres and their significant lack of depth. Don’t get me wrong, the Sabres have oodles of talent, but aren’t deep enough to contend yet.
As for the Rangers, they are without Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal, and Dylan McIlrath tonight. Brady Skjei was recalled, joining Magnus Hellberg as the emergency recalls. Skjei should get some significant minutes tonight, or he might make a mistake and get benched for accountability reasons. Who knows.
Dan Bylsma is in his first year as Sabres coach and runs an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck in the offensive zone. encouraging puck pursuit in most situations. In the defensive zone, he uses a zone defense, taking out lanes and protecting the slot. On special teams, it’s a 1-3-1 power play and a diamond force penalty kill.
Josh Gorges-Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe-Zach Bogosian
Carlo Colaiacovo-Mark Pysyk
PK: Legwand, O’Reilly, Gionta, Kane, Girgensons, Gorges, Ristolainen, McCabe, Bogosian
Robin Lehner gets the start.
PK: Stepan, Moore, Lindberg, Fast, Glass, McDonagh, Staal, Klein, Girardi
Antti Raanta gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: A game where we don’t want to pull our hair out.