by Patrick Hoffman on 03/30/11 at 09:58 AM ET
Coming off a big 1-0 shutout win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternnon, the New York Rangers will be back in action tonight when they take on the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo in what is an important game for both clubs.
The Blueshirts are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference but are just two points up on the eighth place Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers are also now two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for sixth place.
The key for the Rangers will be to stay the course. They will need to continue to get balanced scoring, play disciplined hockey, play smart defense and get goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist if they want to have any kind of success against a very good Sabres hockey club.
Luckily for the Rangers, this is a road game and the Blueshirts have been one of the league’s best away from home ice. The team currently has 23 wins on the road and seem to play with a lot more confidence when not in front of the Madison Square Garden crowd.
With more than a week to go in the season, the Rangers control their own fate. They need to continue picking up two points whenever they can and avoid “trap” games, like the one tomorrow night on Long Island against the New York Islanders.
Back to tonight’s game, the team is playing some of their best hockey and is 8-1-1 in their last 10 while the Sabres are 6-3-1. Two playoff teams (at least right now) playing good hockey at exactly the right time.
It should all make for a great game tonight and one that will hopefully have a positive outcome for the Blueshirts.
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