A productive power play helped the Buffalo Sabres win back-to-back games for the first time this season on Tuesday. The struggling New York Rangers, meanwhile, need to improve their play with the man-advantage to start winning games. Looking to extend their point streak to four games, the Sabres will try to hand the visiting Rangers a fifth consecutive defeat on Thursday night.
New York Rangers (1-4-1, eighth in the East Division) vs. Buffalo Sabres (3-3-1, sixth in the East Division) Buffalo, New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: New York aims to stop its four-game skid when the Rangers take on Buffalo. Buffalo finished 30-31-8 overall and 10-12-2 in division action a season ago. Goalies for the Sabres allowed 2.9 goals on 30.9 shots per game last season. New York finished 14-8-0 in division action and 19-12-3 on the road during the 2019-20 season. Goalies for the Rangers compiled a .908 save percentage while allowing 3.0 goals on 33.9 shots per game last season. The teams meet for the second game in a row. INJURIES: Sabres: None listed. Rangers: Justin Richards: out (health protocols), Filip Chytil: out (upper body). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Buffalo captain Jack Eichel's first goal of the season gave him some relief and provided a lift for the Sabres. Eichel, Dylan Cozens and Tobias Rieder scored for Buffalo, which rallied for a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.