Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:05pm EDT
Madison Square Garden, New York
Written by Chris Kubala
A pair of Eastern Conference teams heading in opposite directions take the ice in the Big Apple. The Buffalo Sabres are on the road as they make the trip to face the New York Rangers Thursday night. Buffalo comes in off a 4-3 overtime win at home over San Jose in their last game Tuesday night. New York was edged 3-2 in overtime at home by Arizona in their previous contest Tuesday night. The Rangers took two of the three meetings between the teams last season, including a 6-2 road win in the most recent matchup on February 15, 2019.
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Buffalo Sabres Try to Stay Hot
Buffalo won their third straight game as they took down the Sharks at home in overtime to cap a sweep of the home and home set. The Sabres look to maintain their early momentum here and avoid the cratering that took place after last season’s hot start. Buffalo is fourth in the league in goals for as they average 3.70 goals per game so far this season. The Sabres are 6th
in the league in goals against as they allow 2.40 goals per contest this year. Buffalo’s power play has been clicking in the early going as the team is fourth in the league by cashing in 30.8 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Sabres are just 20th
in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 76.7 percent of their shorthanded situations thus far.
The Sabres got off to a slow start but rallied as the game wore on before prevailing in overtime. Buffalo owned a 14-10 edge in shots in the opening period but trailed 2-0 after the first 20 minutes of action. The Sabres bounced back in the second period as they owned a 10-5 edge in shots and a 2-0 edge on the scoreboard to tie the game after 40 minutes. Jack Eichel
halved the deficit by getting Buffalo on the board with his fifth of the year on the power play at 7:21 of the period: Rasmus Dahlin and Victor Olofsson assisted on the goal. Later in the period, Sam Reinhart tied the game with his fourth of the year at 19:29 off assists from Rasmus Ristolainen and Eichel. In the third period, the Sabres were outshot 13-4 and both teams scored once to send the game to overtime. Jeff Skinner gave Buffalo a 3-2 lead at the 45 second mark off assists from Eichel and Henri Jokiharju before San Jose tied the game later in the period. In the extra session, Buffalo had the lone shot on goal and it lit the lamp: Eichel’s second of the game and sixth of the year proved to be the winner at 3:54 of overtime off assists from Ristolainen and Casey Mittelstadt. Carter Hutton
made 25 saves in the game for Buffalo, who owned a 29-28 edge in shots.
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