New York will be competing against the Sabres to complete a back-to-back set as the Rangers currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings and eighth in the Eastern Conference. The Blueshirts enter tonight’s game with a 6-2-1 record in their last nine games.
It was a clutch second period for the Rangers were able to gain a huge victory 6-1 over the Florida Panthers by netting three goals in a span of 3:25 in the frame to help ice a game that was tight in the first frame.
Ryan Callahan was named the winner of the Steven McDonald Award prior to the contests, recorded two assists while skating in his 400th career NHL game.
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Callahan received the 2012-13 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award for performing ‘above and beyond the call of duty,” for the fourth time in the last five years in the game against the Sabres. He later recorded two power play assists and was credited with a game-high five hits and three blocked shots.
The Rangers will conclude their sixth and final back-to-back set this season against Buffalo. New York has recorded a combined record of 6-4-1 in back-to-back games, including 4-1-1 record in the first game and a 2-3-0 mark in the second. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 64 times in his career, posting a record of 40-17-7 with a 1.91 GAA, .933 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game.
Rangers with the Hot Stick:
Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two or fewer goals in 13 of his last 15 games (9-4-2, 1.71 GAA, .937 Sv%, 1 shutout over the span)
Rick Nash has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in nine April games.
Derek Stephan has 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in the last 25 games, including 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the last nine contests.
Ryan Callahan has eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last nine games.
Milestones in Sight:
Steve Eminger – 2 points from 100 NHL career
The Rangers and the Sabres game is set to air on the MSG Network and face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.