Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sabres vs. Rangers Gamenight

The Sabres and the Rangers face each other for the first time this year. The major significance of this is the first matchup of Chris Drury against his old team. We all remember Captain Clutch for his heroic goals throughout his term here in Buffalo, most coming in the last two years. Now, Drury has 12-19-31 which is good for third on the team but also is a -12 which is last for the team. The Rangers are struggling now losing 6 of there last 7. The Sabres are struggling though as well losing their last 9. So which of these teams is going to rebound and win a game. The Rangers have a potent offense that does not seem to know how to put the puck in the net. This seems to be what the Sabres are made of as well, but their offense just was not as potent as we thought it was. So basically it comes down to the battle of the goaltenders, and both of them are good. It will be Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers and Ryan Miller for the Sabres. Here is the stat matchup:

New York Rangers Leaders
Goals: Shanahan (15)
Assists: Gomez (32)
Points: Gomez(42)
Plus/Minus: Hossa (+7)
Penalty Minutes: Orr (99)
Penalty Minutes/Game: Avery (3.2)
Minors: Roszival (20)
Majors: Orr (11)

Buffalo Sabres Leaders
Goals: Hecht (14)
Assists: Pominville (25)
Points: Pominville (35)
Plus/Minus: Paille (+11)
Penalty Minutes: Gaustad (58)
Penalty Minutes/Game: Peters (1.7)
Minors: Lydman (20)
Majors: Peters (7)

Goalie Stats
Buffalo: Miller - 2.54 GAA, .910 SV%, 1 SO; Thibault - 3.24 GAA, .870 SV%, 1 SO
NY Rangers: Lundqvist - 2.39 GAA, .906 SV%, 6 SO; Valiquette - 2.73 GAA, .896 SV%

Special Teams
Power Play: Buffalo (17.6%, 14th), Rangers (17.2%, 16th)
Penalty Kill: Buffalo (84.2%, 9th), Rangers (82.9%, 13th)

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