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NHL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 3/3/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



BUFFALO (9-12-0-1, 19 pts.) at NY RANGERS (9-8-0-2, 20 pts.)
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Sunday, 3/3/2013 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
63BUFFALO+155Ov 5,-130+155Ov 5,-130
64NY RANGERS-175Un 5,+110-175Un 5,+110
BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-13-0-59-13-512-102.629.33.233.7
Team Stats (Road Games)5-6-0-0.15-6-0.15-62.527.13.234.9
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.13-2+1.12-
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2258161623356459.0%79911.4%96
Team Stats (Road Games)11289810122989.4%3525.7%47
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511513221368.1%1715.9%14
Stats Against (All Games) 70163122137419.4%921718.5%114
Stats Against (Road Games) 359179013849.1%54814.8%57
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14356001738.1%24416.7%23
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)32726184.7%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
JHONAS ENROTH (Road Games)32726184.7%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)32726184.7%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
RYAN MILLER (All Games)202066761191.6%19-11-39-11-0-310-10
RYAN MILLER (Road Games)9931228992.6%15-4+1.95-4-0+23-6
RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)4413712692.0%03-1+2.13-1-0+22-2

NY RANGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-10-0-3.49-10-3.47-112.530.32.628.4
Team Stats (Home Games)7-5-007-506-
Last 5 Games1-4-0-4.61-4-4.61-
NY RANGERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1948131320235768.3%67811.9%74
Team Stats (Home Games)1236121013124019.0%41614.6%59
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510235001516.6%14214.3%19
Stats Against (All Games) 49121916245399.1%701115.7%80
Stats Against (Home Games) 308129133239.3%45613.3%49
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 142741213010.8%13215.4%21
NY RANGERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BIRON (All Games)441019291.1%11-3-2.61-3-0-32-2
MARTIN BIRON (Home Games)22514792.2%00-2-2.70-2-0-32-0
MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)441019291.1%11-3-2.61-3-0-32-2
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)161543640091.7%08-7-0.88-7-0-15-9
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Home Games)111027024791.5%07-3+2.67-3-0+24-6
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)4411110291.9%01-3-3.61-3-0-41-2
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.11,  NY RANGERS 3.2
BUFFALO - Schedule
2/5/2013at OTTAWA3-4L0, +125L5.5 unO
2/7/2013MONTREAL5-4W0, -140W5.5 unO
2/9/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-2W0, +100W5.5 ovU
2/10/2013BOSTON1-3L0, +125L5.5 evU
2/12/2013at OTTAWA0-2L0, +120L5.5 unU
2/15/2013BOSTON4-2W0, +115W5.5 unO
2/17/2013PITTSBURGH3-4L0, +115L5.5 ovO
2/19/2013WINNIPEG1-2L0, -145L5.5 unU
2/21/2013at TORONTO1-3L0, +100L5.5 unU
2/23/2013NY ISLANDERS0-4L0, -125L5.5 ovU
2/26/2013at TAMPA BAY2-1W0, +125W6 ovU
2/28/2013at FLORIDA4-3W0, -105W5.5 unO
3/2/2013NEW JERSEY4-3W0, +110W5 evO
3/3/2013at NY RANGERS 
3/5/2013at CAROLINA 
3/7/2013at NEW JERSEY 
3/10/2013at PHILADELPHIA 
3/12/2013NY RANGERS 

NY RANGERS - Schedule
2/5/2013at NEW JERSEY1-3L0, -105L5 unU
2/7/2013NY ISLANDERS4-1W0, -160W5.5 unU
2/10/2013TAMPA BAY5-1W0, -150W5.5 unO
2/12/2013at BOSTON4-3W0, +115W5 unO
2/14/2013NY ISLANDERS3-4L0, -155L5.5 unO
2/17/2013WASHINGTON2-1W0, -180W5.5 unU
2/19/2013MONTREAL1-3L0, -160L5 evU
2/21/2013at OTTAWA2-3L0, -145L5 unP
2/23/2013at MONTREAL0-3L0, +120L5 unU
2/26/2013WINNIPEG3-4L0, -155L5.5 unO
2/28/2013TAMPA BAY4-1W0, -150W5.5 unU
3/7/2013at NY ISLANDERS 
3/10/2013at WASHINGTON 
3/12/2013at BUFFALO 
3/14/2013at WINNIPEG 

LAST SEASON: 39-32-11, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Eastern Conference

COACH: Lindy Ruff, 15th season with Sabres and NHL, 565-422-161.

ADDED: C Steve Ott, LW John Scott, D Adam Pardy, rookie C Mikhail Grigorenko.

LOST: C Derek Roy, RW Brad Boyes.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Grigorenko, 18-year-old Russian-born first-round draft pick, who will be given opportunity to immediately make Sabres roster. Skilled, playmaking center already has 29 goals, 21 assists for 50 points in 30 games for Patrick Roy-coached Quebec of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.

OUTLOOK: Sabres counting on additions of grit (Ott, Scott) and skill - including late-season acquisition of C Cody Hodgson - to improve high-priced under-achieving lineup that was one of NHL's biggest busts last year. Must stay healthy and get consistent goaltending from Ryan Miller, and steady production from top-two lines to start matching free-spending owner Terry Pegula's objective to deliver a winner.


LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.

COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.

ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.

LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.

OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BUFFALO-NY RANGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Sabres-Rangers Preview* ========================


Buffalo (8-12-1) at New York (9-8-2), 7:30 p.m. EDT

After a successful southern road swing began their current run, the Buffalo Sabres hope to stay hot at the beginning of an even longer trip.

The Sabres will try to extend their longest winning streak of the season on Sunday night as they open a four-game trek against the New York Rangers, who snapped their four-game skid in Rick Nash's return.

Buffalo lost a season-worst four in a row - including its first two under interim coach Ron Rolston after Lindy Ruff was fired - before starting its turnaround with a win at Tampa Bay on Feb. 26 and then topping Florida 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday.

The Sabres (9-12-1) beat visiting New Jersey by the same score in the tiebreaker on Saturday for their first three-game winning streak since capturing five straight last March 19-27.

"It certainly feels better to win. But we've got a lot of work," goalie Ryan Miller said. "I don't want anybody in this room or organization to get comfortable."

Jason Pominville had one goal in his previous 11 games before scoring twice against the Devils. Cody Hodgson added two assists, while Jochen Hecht ended a 32-game drought with his first goal of the season.

Leading scorer Thomas Vanek missed the contest with an upper-body injury, but is expected to the Rangers. Vanek, however, has one goal in his last nine games overall and one in his last 12 in this series.

The Sabres have also received almost zero production recently from their power play, converting 3 of 54 opportunities in their last 15 games. It isn't likely to get any easier against a New York team that has killed 27 of 29 penalties over its last 10.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist finished with 24 saves and won for the first time in four starts in a 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday. Lundqvist, though, has lost four of five home starts with a 2.78 goals-against average against the Sabres.

It hardly seems like a coincidence the Rangers stopped their skid as soon as Nash returned to the lineup. He finished with a goal and an assist on a career-high 12 shots against the Lightning.

New York (9-8-2) went 0-3-1 in the four games Nash was out with what was believed to be concussion-like symptoms.

The Rangers averaged 27.3 shots in the four games without Nash, but have averaged 40.3 in the last three the star forward has played. Nash, who ranks among the NHL leaders with 4.6 shots per game, had six goals in his last seven games against the Sabres while he was with Columbus.

"We have to get streaky," Nash said. "I think if we just build momentum off (this win) and carry it into the next one ... we were doing a lot of good things, so I think we'll be fine."

Carl Hagelin, who is tied for the team lead with seven goals, and Derek Stepan also scored against the Lightning. Defenseman Marc Staal added only the eighth power-play goal in 67 chances for the Rangers.

Even though they're finishing back-to-back games, the Sabres could start Miller again on Sunday. Miller, who won his third straight start on Saturday, is 1-2-0 with a 2.35 GAA at the end of back-to-backs this season.

Miller is also 5-0-1 with a 1.64 GAA in his last six trips to Madison Square Garden.

His most recent there was a 4-1 victory on March 23, Buffalo's only win in last season's series as the Rangers took three of four.

Last Updated: 4/23/2018 6:54:16 AM EST

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