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Tonight on NBCSN: Streaking Sabres look to roll on against the Rangers

Feb 1, 2012, 7:50 AM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres have done something they haven’t done since November by winning consecutive games. They head into tonight’s game against the New York Rangers (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) looking to keep the good mojo going but they’ll have to do it against a Rangers team upset about losing to New Jersey last night and without a key member of their offense.

Thomas Vanek left last night’s win against Montreal with an upper body injury and will be out at least for a week. Luckily for Buffalo disappointing forward Ville Leino stepped up big last night and they’ll be hoping that’s a sign he’s snapped out of his season-long funk. Vanek being one of the Sabres’ top two scorers (Jason Pominville the other) makes his injury a potentially devastating one as the rest of Buffalo’s offense has been spotty.

With Vanek out, the focus shifts to goalie Ryan Miller to be a lot better than he has been. Miller’s disappointing season has contributed to the Sabres’ struggles this season, but without Vanek around to help bail out the defense with his goals, Miller is going to have to get tough and play huge.

As for the Rangers, life on top of the Eastern Conference would seem to be easy. Marian Gaborik is scoring goals in bunches, Henrik Lundqvist is playing as well as he ever has, and their defense would dive in front of a bullet to stop a scoring chance. Although they’re coming off a tough loss to New Jersey last night, that came in a game they thought they played pretty well.

Expect to see more of the same from the Rangers as they hope to spoil the Sabres’ recent era of good feelings as they hope to get into the mix for the playoffs.

  1. pittsburghpoonslayer - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    nobody will be watching this game when there will be another pens game on tonight. 9 in a row lets do it boys!!! its all pringles can geno tonight!!!

  2. buffalomafia - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Owner Terry Pegula is just like Galisano! They both have money & don’t have a clue about hockey!

    Have some balls & fire Ruff & Regeire! Other teams better than the Sabres do it all the time to shake up there teams.

    Also get rid of half of the slackers that are overpaid underacheivers!

    It was said yesterday that Regeire thinks the Sabres are just fine! What is he smoking?

    Its your team Mr. Pegula do the right things or else it’s the same ol’ same ol’ in Buffalo. MEDIOCRITY!

  3. cruuuzcontrol - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    I hope the Rangers play pissed off tonight because of that stupid lucky bounce shootout loss to the Devils last night. That was so lame.

    • nyr1 - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      Yeah that was garbage….can we settle down with the “streaking sabres” headline? You have to win a few more games to be “streaking,” but it ends tonight anyway. Lets go NYR!

  4. streetskater1989 - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Personally of all the games on tonight I would be most interested in watching the caps vs the panthers, there division rivals battling for the top spot.

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