Buffalo Sabres vs New York Rangers 4/25/21 Game Preview

The Sabres head to MSG to take on a hot Rangers team following a strong win against the Bruins on Friday night.

The Rangers are 7-2 in their last 9 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall.

New York have won four of the six meetings against the Sabres this season.

Leading Scorers:

Sam Reinhart (BUF) — 48 GP, 20G, 13A, 33 PTS

Artemi Panarin (NYR) — 37 GP, 17G, 38A, 55 PTS

  • Reinhart has six points (2G, 4A) in six games against the Rangers this season. 

Expected Lines: 

Sabres

Skinner – Reinhart – Olofsson

Asplund – Mittelstadt – Thompson

Bjork – Cozens – Ruotsalainen

Rieder – Sheahan – Caggiula

Samuelsson – Ristolainen

Dahlin – Jokiharju

Bryson – Miller

Tokarski

Rangers

Lafreniere – Zibanejad – Buchnevich

Panarin – Strome – Blackwell

Kreider – Chytil – Kakko

Rooney – Howden – Karvstov

Lindgren – Fox

Miller – Smith

Hajek – Jones

Shesterkin

Borgen out; Miller in

Will Borgen will get a rest after playing a back-to-back against the Bruins in his first action since late February. 

Borgen showed nicely in the pair of games against Boston, but still hasn’t had much time to practice with the team since returning. He’ll get a rest today and likely get back in the action this week. 

Colin Miller slides back in to the 3rd defensive pairing with Jacob Bryson. 

Goaltending matchup 

Shesterkin

Igor Shesterkin gets the knod in net for the Rangers.

In 4 contests, he is 3-0-1 with a spectacular .921 SV% and a 1.90 GAA. He’s never given up more than two goals to Buffalo in a game.

Tokarski

Dustin Tokarski takes the crease for the Sabres tonight. 

He’s posted a .927 or better save-percentage in five of his last six starts.

News/Notes: 

  • Sam Reinhart has 11 points (7G, 4A) in 13 games this month. 
  • Casey Mittelstadt has 11 points (8G, 3A) in his last 14 games. 
  • Dylan Cozens has seven assists in his last eight games. 

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