The New York Rangers are taking their youth show on the road as they face the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night.
- New York Rangers: 0-1-0
- Buffalo Sabres: 0-1-0
- Venue: KeyBank Center
- Television: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM, 7:00 PM
The New York Rangers, a 3-2 loser to Nashville on Wednesday night, take to the road for their first game of the year as they face Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres.
Jesper Fast and Pavel Buchnevich were the goal scorers on Wednesday for the Blueshirts. In goal, Henrik Lundqvist had a strong game making 30 saves as he was handed his first loss of the year. In his career, Lundqvist has faced the Sabres 35 times with a record of 20-12-2, 2.36 goals against average, and a .918 save percentage. He has shut Buffalo out twice.
The Sabres are coming off a 4-0 shutout loss to the Boston Bruins Wednesday night as goalie Carter Hutton made 22 saves. The Bruins Jaroslav Halak, formerly with the New York Islanders, stopped all 32 shots the Sabres took on at him.
Both teams only had one power play in their opening games and both were not successful with the man advantage.
At practice on Thursday afternoon, the only change the Rangers made with their lineup was Cody McLeod replacing Vladislav Namestnikov on the fourth line.
Following the game on Wednesday, Rangers head coach David Quinn told reporters that he wants the team to do a better job of being in the opponents face.
"We’ve just got to be harder on the puck, we’ve got to do a better job of playing ‘in your face’ hockey."
–#NYR Head Coach David Quinn pic.twitter.com/lRvqeYC3lr
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 5, 2018
Colin Stephenson of a Newsday tweeted that Lundqvist will make his second start of the season Saturday and Alexandar Georgiev will probably get the start in Carolina on Sunday in Carolina.
Henrik Lundqvist will play tomorrow in Buffalo and Alexandar Georgiev will likely go Sunday in Carolina, per David Quinn.
— Colin Stephenson (@ColinASteph) October 5, 2018
Following Saturday night’s game, the Rangers and Sabres will have 2 more games remaining against one another:
Nov. 4 At MSG
Feb. 15 At Buffalo