The Sabres are coming off a 6-4 loss last night to the Flyers and are desperate for points as they try to get back into a playoff spot, they've only won once in the past six games. Emotions could be high, because if you remember, the last time the Rangers and Sabres met in Buffalo, Scott Gomez bumped into Buffalo's star goalie Ryan Miller. Miller hasn't played since that incident and if the Sabres don't make the playoffs it will probably be because they missed Miller badly down the stretch. Gomez has said that he doesn't expect any retaliation and either do I. In my opinion, it was obvious that it was a hockey play and a complete accident. After the game Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was absolutely livid and said that he thought it was intentional. However, I think that Ruff has since cooled down and has probably realized that it was not intentional. The reason I think that retaliation is so unlikely is that there is too much at stake for both teams. If the score gets out of control though, you never know what might happen.
The Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders last night, which pushed the Rangers back to 7th place in the East. But, the Rangers still have played two games less than the Hurricanes. However, games in hand mean nothing unless you win them.
The Sabres two most dangerous offensive players are Thomas Vanek (34 goals) and Derek Roy (63 points). If in the lineup, Patrick Kaleta is a Sabre that likes to run around a lot and in my opinion (Paul Mara will agree) is a real cheap shot artist. Andrew Peters is the Sabres resident tough guy, but he's been in the lineup for less than half of Buffalo's games this season, so who even knows if he'll play. My guess is, when Ruff looks at the Rangers team sheet and sees Orr's name, Peters will be in the lineup.
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