After a stretch of going 2-3-1, the New York Rangers look to get sharp again, hoping they’ve start a new winning streak with a win on Tuesday night. They’ll look to stay that way against a most appropriate opponent, when they head to KeyBank Center to take on the Buffalo Sabres (7:00, MSG).
The Rangers (16-7-1) ended their November slate with a come-from-behind victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, erasing a 2-0 deficit to create a 3-2 final. Nick Holden got things started for the Rangers with a goal in the second period, but it was Rick Nash who ensured the Rangers would end the month without two points. In the third period, Nash completely took over, scoring in the opening minute of the third period for the tie, but assisting on Jimmy Vesey’s game winning goal on a power play.
Meanwhile, Buffalo (8-9-5) got off to a brutal start at 1-3-2, but have somewhat steadied out to 7-6-3 since. The Sabres got some much needed help in the form of highly touted youngster Jack Eichel, who made his season debut on Tuesday night in Buffalo’s 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators. Sidelined for the first 21 games due to an injury suffered in training camp, Eichel had a goal and an assist in his season debut, while Ryan O’Reilly added two goals and a helper.
This will be the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Sabres this season, and the first of a pair in Western New York. Last season, the Rangers took two of three from Buffalo, including the lone matchup on Sabres home ice, a 4-2 victory on March 8. Mats Zuccarello and Jesper Fast each had a second period goal, while JT Miller’s empty netter in the final minute of the game put things away. The two teams next meet on January 3.
Adam Clendening is expected to make his first appearance in the lineup since November 6, replacing Kevin Klein tonight.
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