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New York Rangers
The Sabres made waves recently when they fired Lindy Ruff after 16 seasons as their head coach. Since then they’ve gone 3-2 under Ron Rolston. Under both coaches, the Sabres system is similar to what we’ve seen from the Flyers under Peter Laviolette, which is essentially two different looks.
The first look is the 2-1-2 forecheck, which the Rangers utilize as well. This is an aggressive system designed to create pressure below the dots and cause turnovers down low.
In certain game situations (i.e., the score, time left in a period, etc.) they tend to switch to a slightly more conservative 2-3 lock. This system also sends two forecheckers into the zone, but the third forward sits back with the defense up high. This ensures protection against odd man rushes, but also provides some pressure to create turnovers.
In the defensive zone, the Sabres tend to pressure the points, yet they haven’t been very good at giving Miller protection in the slot. If our defensemen can handle their high zone pressure and get shots through, our low forwards will have an opportunity to crash the net and score some dirty goals.
As for special teams, the Rangers also have an opportunity to continue to build on their power play. They’ve scored 4 PP goals in their last 7 games. With the amount of penalties the Sabres take, hopefully the Rangers will get an early PP goal and get the crowd behind them and a lead in front of them.
Speaking of special teams, the Sabres have a lot of fire power up front in Vanek (12g), Hodgson (8g), Ennis (7g) and Pominville (7g), yet their power play is 28th in the league. And a few people thought Ruff should replace Torts? Um no.
For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.
2012-2013 Records: Buffalo (9-12-1), Rangers (9-8-2)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (4-10-14)
BUF Leading Scorer: Thomas Vanek (12-15-27)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (16 GP, 2.31 GAA, .917 SV%)
BUF Goaltender: Ryan Miller (20 GP, 2.82 GAA, .916 SV%)
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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed):
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Taylor Pyatt-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
J.T. Miller-Brian Boyle-Marian Gaborik
Stu Bickel-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Arron Asham (back), Matt Gilroy
Fun Fact: The Rangers are one of the least penalized teams in the NHL (thanks Torts)
Broadcast Info: MSG 730pm
JT Miller post-practice interview from Saturday:
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Before you allow the title of this article ruffle your feathers or get the hackles on the back of your neck standing on end, I’m just engaging in a little game of “what if.” It’s a purely hypothetical scenario that came to mind watching Rick Nash dominate Tampa Bay and create scoring chances all over [...]
Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller had a rough outing on Sunday against the New York Rangers in the shootout. Miller is a very good goalie, but he and the Sabres have been struggling this year. During the shootout, Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan pretty much undressed him and the Sabres were handed their 14th loss (12 regulation, 2 OT) of the year. Might be time for Miller to work...
This one feels good. What started out to be a pretty slow game through the first two periods ended with a wild sprint to the finish, where the Rangers would defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in OT.
Let’s be clear. The Rangers had to win this game. Not just because they needed the two points, but because they had to defy the refs, who were atrocious tonight, and they had to make the...
Katie Strang is reporting that Patrick Kaleta will have a phone hearing with The Shanna-no-ban. Per league rules, a phone hearing indicates that Kaleta will receive no more than five games if he is to be suspended at all. Kaleta’s hearing is about this dirty hit:
Having compete well in the road wins in Tampa and Sunrise, Thomas Vanek sat out Friday's practice in Amherst. Vanek took the day-off to rest his aches and pains after the mini roadie. When the Sabres called up forward Brian Flynn from Rochester on Friday night, one got the sense that Vanek's ailment was worse than first thought. Vanek was a healthy scratch on Saturday night...
Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta will likely be facing a suspension for checking New York Rangers center Brad Richards into the boards from behind during the third period of Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden.
Kaleta was given a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind and a ten minute game misconduct on the play. Richards left the game briefly but did...
Rick Nash had a goal and assist and also scored in the shootout to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres Sunday night.
Ryan Callahan also scored for New York in the shootout. Derek Stepan added a goal, and Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves. New York has won two in a row.
Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe scored for Buffalo. Ryan Miller stopped 26 of 28 shots...
The Rangers extended their win streak to two in a wild, 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres but the end result has mostly been lost in the rightful consternation over the hit by Patrick Kaleta to Brad Richards early in the third period.
Trailing 1-0, 3:28 into the third, the tone of the game changed following the hit by Kaleta. For all those who have argued...
(February 19, 2013 – Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)
The Buffalo Sabres may be in the midst of a season-high three game winning streak, but that doesn’t mean they still aren’t looking to improve the roster.
Queen City Sports has learned that the Buffalo Sabres have had serious discussions with the St. Louis Blues about acquiring forward T.J. Oshie. What the...
Patrick Kaleta's hit from behind on Brad Richards is sure to draw some attention from NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan this week but, as the New York Rangers forward lay still on the ice, Richards' team and head coach took notice and responded.
After Richards was crashed into the boards by the Buffalo Sabres forward with his stick at 3:28 of the third period, the Rangers...
Kaleta gets 5 for checking from behind, a 10 and game misconduct.
Bergen Record - Winning never grows old for Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist
New York Post - Callahan-Stepan-Pyatt trio igniting Blueshirts
New York Post - Cut NHL sked to 70 games
Daily News - Rangers’ defensive pair rounds into form
Newsday - Halpern giving new meaning to 'icing' in hockey
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The Rangers’ American League affiliate, the Connecticut Whale were able to grab four of four possible points this weekend and sweep the Islanders’ affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, only allowing Bridgeport one point. Connecticut was able to score a combined 10 goals in just 2 games; 5 of which came on the power play. It [...]
The Rangers love to make it difficult on themselves, don't they? The Rangers held back Buffalo despite 3 late penalties to skate to a 3-2 shootout win at MSG tonight.
The Rangers and Sabres skated to a scoreless tie in the first period. Although the bulk of the play was spent in the Buffalo end, the Rangers could only muster 7 shots against Ryan Miller,...
Match-up - New Jersey Devils (10-6-4) @ Buffalo Sabres (8-12-1)
Road/Home records - 4-4-2 -------------- 3-6-1
TV - MSG Plus, MSG-B
Puck drop - 3:00 PM ET
Season series - Tied 0-0
Last 10: Devils 4-5-1 / Sabres 4-6-0
Projected starting goalies - Johan Hedberg (NJ) vs. Ryan Miller (BUF)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game
Buffalo - 2.48 / 3.19