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Rangers Look To Bounce Back Against Buffalo



The Rangers need more from Brandon Dubinsky


The Rangers need more from Brandon Dubinsky

When: Saturday, November 10th, 7:00 p.m.

Opponent: @ Buffalo (15-11-2)

TV: MSG

 

UPDATE: Biron will indeed start tonight for New York.  (1:24 p.m.)

 

EARLIER: The last time New York lost two games in a row came at the end of a seven-game winning streak and the Rangers responded by peeling off five consecutive victories.

The team will be hoping to begin a similar streak Saturday evening in Buffalo after losses this week to Toronto and Tampa Bay.

The visit to the Sabres will be the first game of a tricky back-to-back that will also include a home match Sunday evening against the surprising Florida Panthers.

Like the Rangers, the Sabres were expected to be one of the big movers in the Eastern Conference after a summer in which the team made big additions including free agent signings Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino.

But Buffalo hasn’t gotten off to quite the same roaring start as New York, partially due to Milan Lucic’s controversial hit on Ryan Miller that kept the stud netminder out of action for nine games.

Miller is back in action but the Sabres have lost six of their last nine (to be fair, Buffalo dropped games to tough opponents including Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia during that stretch).

The Sabres have been particularly disappointing on home ice where they are just 7-8-2, a problem the Rangers were all too familiar with over the last two seasons.  Prior to Friday’s overtime win against Florida Buffalo had lost three consecutive games at the First Niagara Center.

Come March though, it’s highly likely that the Rangers and Sabres will be grappling with each other for a higher playoff seeding.

New York has enjoyed a tremendous start this season, but is facing a new period of adversity without defenseman Mike Sauer.

The Blueshirts have received strong play from their shorthanded defense all season, but if the team is to return to the win column with regularity it will need for some slow starters to begin contributing.

Forward Brandon Dubinsky in particular must get going.  The 25-year-old has just one goal in 25 games after signing a four-year, $16.8 million contract this summer.

His poor offensive start has been masked by the team’s success as a whole, but with other forwards having stepped up all year it’s time that the Alaska-native does his part to help boost the overmatched defense.

It’s likely that Martin Biron will make his sixth start of the season in Buffalo as the fifth-place Rangers look to bounce back from one of the few hiccups they’ve experienced thus far.

 

- Andrew Gross reports that Mike Rupp hopes to begin contacting drills next week after resting this weekend.

- Artem Anisimov apologized to Tampa Bay for his excessive goal celebration during Thursday’s bout.

 

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Posted by Kevin Baumer | December 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm
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