In the third of their five game home stint, Buffalo will try to post back to back wins tonight as they take on the New York Rangers.
With the injuries continuing to pile up, Buffalo bounced back from the Philadelphia loss with a solid performance last night against Florida. Ryan Miller will get a rest tonight as fans will get another dose of Jhonas Enroth in goal, who’s looking to return to his early season form.
Forwards Corey Tropp and Jochen Hect are the latest Sabres to suffer an injury and will not play tonight. In response, Buffalo has called up Amerks captain Colin Stuart and will also have the services of Ville Leino back, as he returns from his suspension for elbowing Philadelphia’s Matt Read.
Although their young players have showed they can hang in the NHL, Buffalo needs to continue to get production from its core veterans like Derek Roy and Jason Pomminville, who came up big in last nights win.
Forwards Zack Kassian and Luke Adam have looked very sharp and creative with the puck on offense. With defensemen Tyler Myers still injured, Brayden McNabb has also stepped up in his place and has impressed so far with solid physical defensive play.
The Rangers are always a dangerous offensive opponent and with the addition of forward Brad Richards, the Sabres defense will again have to be at the top of their game, and create less give-aways.
Buffalo may catch a break in goal, as one of the NHL’s premier goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist also gets a rest, and former Sabre Martin Biron gets the start.