New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres Open Game Thread

The Rangers’ road trip rolls on in Western New York.

The New York Rangers (24-24-8, 56 points) continue their road trip this evening vs. the Buffalo Sabres (28-21-7, 63 points) at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

The Blueshirts are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games played, and are coming off a 4-3 loss vs. the Winnipeg Jets on February 12. The Sabres are also 5-4-1 in their last 10, and are coming off a win vs. the New York Islanders on February 12.

This game has some serious implications for both teams as a Sabres win would put them two points out of the second wild card spot whereas a Rangers win would bump them from No. 24 in the league (hypothetical pick No. 8) to No. 21 in the league (hypothetical pick No. 11).

The Rangers are going with a lineup including 11 forwards and 7 defensemen, and here are the projected lines for both clubs.

New York Rangers


Chris Kreider — Mika Zibanejad — Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey — Kevin Hayes — Pavel Buchnevich

Vladislav Namestnikov — Ryan Strome — Jesper Fast

Boo Nieves— Connor Brickley


Marc Staal — Neal Pionk

Brady Skjei — Adam McQuaid

Brendan Smith — Kevin Shattenkirk

Tony DeAngelo


Alexandar Georgiev

Buffalo Sabres


Jeff Skinner — Jack Eichel — Jason Pominville

Conor Sheary — Evan Rodrigues — Sam Reinhart

C.J. Smith — Vladimir Sobotka— Tage Thompson

Zemgus Girgensons — Johan Larsson — Kyle Okposo


Marco Scandella — Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin — Matt Hunwick

Jake McCabe — Lawrence Pilut


Linus Ullmark

Enjoy the game!