Rangers vs Sabres by the numbers: Putting a bad loss behind them

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Nov 5, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The New York Rangers celebrate a second period goal by forward Chris Kreider (20) against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will face the Buffalo Sabres for the second time this season. This will be a rebound game for the team after a rough loss to the Avalanche on Wednesday.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 17-5-3 (37 POINTS)
BUF: 8-14-3 (19 POINTS)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2021 – 7:00 PM ET, KEYBANK CENTER
TV: MSG PLUS
RADIO: ESPN 1050 AM

Rangers last game: 7-3 loss to Colorado Avalanche

RANGERS VS. SABRES

All-Time: 84-79-25-6 (48-31-15-3 at home; 36-48-10-3 on the road)

The Rangers have won their last three games against Buffalo and picked up points in eight straight as well (7-0-1). This is the second meeting this season between the two squads. The first ended with Ryan Lindgren’s buzzer-beater.

Rangers that can herd Buffalo:

Artemi Panarin – 20 GP, 8G-18A=26 PTS –Panarin has points in 15 of 20 matchups against Buffalo, including points in six of his last seven games against Buffalo (3G-10A).

Mika Zibanejad – 33 GP, 8G-17A=25 PTS – Zibanejad has four goals in his last three games against Buffalo and at least one point in six of his last seven games against them. Last season, Zibanejad had two game-winning goals (Apr. 1, 25) against the Sabres, including the overtime winner on April 1 in Buffalo.

Chris Kreider – 27 GP, 11G-6A=17 PTS – Kreider has points in four of his last six games against Buffalo (3G-2A) and seven of his last 10 games against them (6G-2A).

Adam Fox – 11GP, 1G-14A=15 PTS – Fox enters the contest with a seven-game assist/point streak against the Sabres (1G-13A); he has posted a multi-assist/point game in five of the seven contests.

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

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Nov 21, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren (55) celebrates his go-ahead goal with one second left with right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers by the numbers

Good Travelers: The Blueshirts are riding a streak of three-straight road wins and have victories in four of their last five away from MSG.

Point Getters: The Rangers have at least one point in 20 of their 25 games this season.

Balanced scoring: NYR are tied for the second most players with 20 or more points (Panarin [31], Fox [27], Kreider [21], Zibanejad [20])

Key Rangers:

Artemi Panarin is piping hot with 8 points in his last three games. His 31 points rank 7th in NHL scoring.

Adam Fox is tied for 1st for scoring among all NHL defenseman with Victor Hedman at 27 points.

Chris Kreider’s 17 goals is tied for 3rd in the NHL. His 10 PPG ranks 2nd.

NYR vs SABRES
Rangers v Sabres Matchup (Daily Goal Horn)

Rangers Milestones within reach

Mika Zibanejad is 1 overtime goal away from tying Cecil Dillon, Butch Keeling and Brian Leetch (7 each) for the most overtime goals by a player in Rangers history.

Chris Kreider is 2 games away from 600 and 6 goals from 200.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at 24% (7th)
  • NYR PK is working at 83.2% (7th)

*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • Bring it fast and bring it early
  • Show you have a killer instinct – good teams bounce back with resounding victories
  • Feed Kreider in front and let the man do his thing

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