The New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres meet Tuesday in NHL action at the KeyBank Center.
The New York Rangers need a win to rebound from a 1-3-1 record. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Pavel Buchnevich leads New York with two goals, Phillip Di Giuseppe has four assists and Mika Zibanejad has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 10 goals on 88 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up four goals on 43 shots.
The Buffalo Sabres look for a win after splitting their last four games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Victor Olofsson leads Buffalo with three goals, Jack Eichel has seven assists and Taylor Hall has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing three goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hutton has given up seven goals on 69 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up eight goals on 84 shots.
The Rangers are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 1-8 in their last 9 overall. The Sabres are 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games and 3-10 in their last 13 overall. The under is 7-2 in Rangers last 9 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Sabres last 5 home games. The Rangers are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Buffalo and 20-7 in the last 27 meetings.
The New York Rangers have absolutely owned the Sabres over the years, but it’s fair to say that these are two completely different teams. The Rangers have fallen off a lot and haven’t looked good through five games, while this is one of the more talented Sabres teams we’ve seen in a while and they’re fresh off a statement win over the Capitals. The Buffalo Sabres still need to find some consistency, but they should get a rare win over the Rangers at home.