Sabres Look for Second Consecutive Win, Host the Rangers Tonight

Rick Nash tallied a goal and an assist earlier in the year against Buffalo.  His 36 goals this season rank him second in the NHL, only behind Alexander Ovechkin. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Rick Nash tallied a goal and an assist earlier in the year against Buffalo.  His 36 goals this season rank him second in the NHL, only behind Alexander Ovechkin. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Zach Bogosian logged over thirty minutes of ice time and Brian Gionta recorded his 500th NHL point as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Philadelphia Flyers last night 3-2 in a shootout.  Michal Neuvirth stopped 36 of 38 shots and picked up his first win since November 15th.  Neuvirth has played well since Jhonas Enroth was traded away last week as he has a strong .951 save percentage over his last three starts.  Bogosian has provided an evident spark to the team since his arrival through his no nonsense, physical approach to the game.  After a dismal, winless January, Buffalo has put up a respectable February.  The team is 3-4-1 this month with only a single loss decided by more than one goal (2/5 vs STL).  Tonight, Buffalo will attempt to win consecutive games for the first time in 2015.

The Sabres return home tonight to face off against the NY Rangers in a rescheduled game that was earlier postponed due to heavy snow.  The Rangers lost last night at home 5-4 to the Vancouver Canucks.  Despite the loss, NY is 7-1-2 in their last ten games and star forward Rick Nash is as hot as anyone in the NHL, scoring yet again last night.  Nash has 36 goals and 20 assists through his first 56 games.  The 30 year old Brampton, Onterio native tallied a goal and an assist in the teams first game against Buffalo this season, a night that resulted in a 6-1 home win for New York. 

Because both teams are on the tail end of a back to back, neither team held a morning skate.  It will be interesting to see who starts in net for Buffalo as Neuvirth has started each of the teams last four games.  If not Neuvirth, it will be Anders Lindback, the recent acquisition from Dallas as part of the deal that sent Jhonas Enroth packing.  The last game Lindback started?  A loss, in Buffalo on February 7th when the Sabres defeated the Stars 3-2.  The 6’6 netminder has had his struggles this season as his stat line reads 2-8 with a .875 save percentage.