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New York Rangers/Buffalo Sabres preview

The New York Rangers (46-20-7) will conclude a seven-game homestand with a face-off against the Buffalo Sabres (35-29-10), as the Blueshirts look to push past the millennium mark while extending their lead in the NHL.

New York enters into the game with a 4-2-0 record at Madison Square Garden, winning four of their last six games. This will be the fourth and final meeting between the Blueshirts and Sabers this season, as the Rangers hold a series record of 3-0-0.

Here are some news and notes from the New York Rangers for 1495 Sports fans to enjoy:

No Place Like Home:  The New York Rangers hold a 26-9-2 (54 points) mark while playing at Madison Square Garden, this record is the best at home through 37 games since 1991-92 (25-8-5, 54 points) since 1991-92.

History Making: The Blueshirts .678% is the team’s best through 73 games in 39 years, when the 1972-73 team began the season with a 47-19-7 record (.692 %), and is fourth best mark in franchise history.

Hot Hands:

Henrik Lundqvist has been red-hot in the cage for New York, holding opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last three games, posting a 2-1-0 mark, with a 1.65 GAA and .926% in that span.

Brad Richards has recorded 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in the last 14 games; 12 points (six goals, six assists) in the last eight games. Marian Gaborik has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 12 games; eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last seven games.

Martin Milestone: New York Rangers keeper Martin Biron is one game from 500 in his career, is one of the Blueshirts career leaders against the Sabres. The cager holds a 9-3-0-1 record 14 games, while also holding a 2.68 GAA and 2 shutouts against Buffalo.

The game between the Rangers and the Sabres is set to air on the MSG 2 network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Written on March 23, 2012

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