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Gameday: Rags at Sabres 12/12

View Poll Results: Outcome of Tonight's Matchup?
Sabres Regulation Victory 5 45.45%
Rags Regulation Victory 5 45.45%
Sabres OT Victory 0 0%
Rags OT Victory 0 0%
Tie 1 9.09%
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12-11-2003, 08:40 PM
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Gameday: Rags at Sabres 12/12

GAME: New York Rangers (10-11-5-2) at Buffalo Sabres (12-14-2-1).

TIME: Friday, 8 p.m. EST.

Two stumbling teams look to get back on track as the New York Rangers face the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

The Rangers have lost four of their last five since a four-game unbeaten streak, including Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers lost 3-2 to Tampa Bay in their previous game Sunday, dropping them to 0-7 in one-goal games. New York might be glad to get back on the road. They have lost three straight at home, but are 3-1-1 in their last five games away from Madison Square Garden.

The Sabres are coming off Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, their third straight defeat and third in four games.

Ryan Miller, recalled from Rochester of the AHL on Monday to fill in for injured backup Mike Noronen, allowed five goals in the final 12 minutes of the third period. Noronen cut his neck during practice Monday. "I'm disappointed, obviously," said Miller, who made 16 saves.

Daniel Briere and Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres, who have just eight goals in their last five games. "I know we are pressing to try and score goals," coach Lindy Ruff said. "The mistakes we are making are huge mistakes. We allowed Detroit to run away with the game."


STANDINGS (through Dec. 10): Rangers - 27 points, 3rd place, 15 PB, Atlantic Division. Sabres - 27 points, 5th place, 11 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Rangers - Mark Messier, 10 goals; Alexei Kovalev, 18 assists and 22 points; Simon, 129 PIM. Sabres - J.P. Dumont and Briere, 10 goals; Dumont, 14 assists and 24 points; Andrew Peters, 71 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 10): Rangers - Power play: 14.7 percent (15 for 102), 20th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.2 percent (114 for 137), 23rd. Sabres - Power play: 12.8 percent (16 for 125), 25th. Penalty killing: 85.1 percent (120 for 141), 11th.

GOALTENDERS: Rangers - Mike Dunham (6-10-4, 1 SO, 2.44 GAA); Jussi Markkanen (4-2-1, 2, 2.47). Sabres - Martin Biron (6-7-2, 2.73); Miller (0-3-0, 5.08).

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Sabres, 2-1-1.

LAST MEETING: March 19; Rangers, 3-0. At New York, Eric Lindros had two assists, and Dunham turned away 27 shots for his fifth and final shutout of the season.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 4-6-3-0 on the road; Sabres - 6-6-1-1 at home.

http://nhl.com/onthefly/scoreboard/p...2_preview.html

SABRES ROSTER:
(No., Name, Pos., GP, G, A, Pts., +/-, SOG, SPCT)

17 J.P. Dumont RW 29 10 14 24 1 69 14.5
48 Daniel Briere C 29 10 13 23 -1 64 15.6
23 Chris Drury C 29 4 13 17 0 57 7.0
24 Taylor Pyatt LW 29 7 6 13 3 47 14.9
81 Miroslav Satan RW 29 7 4 11 -15 66 10.6
45 Dmitri Kalinin D 24 4 6 10 -6 31 12.9
12 Ales Kotalik LW 29 7 3 10 -7 64 10.9
61 Maxim Afinogenov RW 24 5 4 9 3 40 12.5
37 Curtis Brown C 29 3 6 9 -1 58 5.2
44 Alexei Zhitnik D 29 1 8 9 -8 61 1.6
55 Jochen Hecht LW 12 2 6 8 7 33 6.1
22 Adam Mair RW 29 1 7 8 -4 28 3.6
3 James Patrick D 23 2 3 5 3 20 10.0
16 Chris Taylor C 28 2 3 5 -3 26 7.7
8 Rory Fitzpatrick D 26 0 3 3 -2 36 0
51 Brian Campbell D 15 0 1 1 -3 9 0
5 Andy Delmore D 19 0 1 1 -2 20 0
10 Henrik Tallinder D 23 0 1 1 4 12 0
28 Jason Botterill LW 14 0 0 0 -1 14 0
26 Eric Boulton LW 16 0 0 0 -2 9 0
74 Jay McKee D 17 0 0 0 -4 9 0
76 Andrew Peters LW 16 0 0 0 -5 3 0
38 Domenic Pittis C 4 0 0 0 -1 3 0

Last Updated: Thu Dec 11 07:02:49 EST 2003

http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/teams/stats/BUF

RANGERS ROSTER:
(No., Name, Pos., GP, G, A, Pts., +/-, SOG, SPCT)

27 Alexei Kovalev RW 28 4 18 22 1 88 4.5
26 Martin Rucinsky LW 28 8 12 20 16 63 12.7
16 Bobby Holik C 28 7 10 17 13 69 10.1
11 Mark Messier C 27 10 5 15 4 40 25.0
93 Petr Nedved C 27 5 8 13 -4 69 7.2
2 Brian Leetch D 19 6 6 12 -1 46 13.0
88 Eric Lindros C 17 4 8 12 -1 34 11.8
36 Matthew Barnaby RW 28 3 8 11 10 26 11.5
37 Jan Hlavac LW 27 4 7 11 -3 44 9.1
23 Vladimir Malakhov D 28 2 9 11 5 43 4.7
17 Chris Simon LW 28 5 6 11 9 43 11.6
22 Anson Carter RW 26 7 2 9 -6 43 16.3
4 Greg de Vries D 28 1 7 8 5 32 3.1
21 Jamie Lundmark C 23 2 5 7 -2 27 7.4
3 Tom Poti D 25 3 4 7 1 41 7.3
74 Joel Bouchard D 11 0 5 5 4 15 0
6 Darius Kasparaitis D 28 0 5 5 3 18 0
29 Boris Mironov D 28 2 2 4 4 51 3.9
28 Dominic Moore C 5 0 3 3 0 3 0
39 Dan LaCouture LW 21 1 0 1 -6 13 7.7
41 Jed Ortmeyer RW 13 1 0 1 -2 12 8.3
25 Paul Healey RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Dale Purinton D 2 0 0 0 -1 1 0
20 Pascal Rheaume C 2 0 0 0 -1 0 0
13 Richard Scott LW 5 0 0 0 0 1 0
18 Mike Siklenka RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Last Updated: Thu Dec 11 07:02:49 EST 2003

http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/teams/stats/NYR

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12-12-2003, 07:46 AM
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Who gets the start in net for the Sabres??

Looks like Markannen is in nets for the NYR's in what is a big game for both teams as each has struggled lately.

Lindros has been playing very wel of late but Slats has him buried on the 4th line.

The Holik line has cooled a bit but they are one of the best 2 way lines in the game and I think they'll heat up with 2 weekend games.

Hopefully we'll see a good game.Good luck.

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12-12-2003, 08:34 AM
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Mika Noronen is expected to start in goal tonight for the Buffalo Sabres when the New York Rangers come to the HSBC Arena at 8:00 PM. So far this season, Noronen has been the most consistent Sabres goaltender posting a record of 6-5-0 with two shutouts and a 2.08 goals against average in 14 games.

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12-12-2003, 02:55 PM
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I'm looking forward to a sloppily played high-scoring affair with a few fights. Lack of discipline is usually the hallmark of Sabres/Rangers game. The coaches will pull out their hair, but at least it should be entertaining.

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Rangers
Alexei Kovalev (5) Assists: Eric Lindros (9), Martin Rucinsky (13)
Anson Carter (8)pp Assists: Bobby Holik (11), Tom Poti (5)
Petr Nedved (6) Assists: Anson Carter (3), Jan Hlavac (8)

Jussi Markkanen (5-2-1): stopped 19 of 20 shots

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Curtis Brown (4)pp Assists: Brian Campbell (2), Chris Drury (14)

Mika Noronen (6-6-0): stopped 31 of 34 shots


Attendance: 13,888

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Anyone else think that was an awful display?

Although Markkanen was strong when he needed to be, but damn, how can you not finish with all those chances on the one PP. That would have tied the game and shifted momentum.

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The sabres have to get rid of those 3rd jerseys.

Every time I would flip over to the game on NHL Center ice, I kept thinking they were the damn Blackhawks.

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I was really impressed with Markkanen tonight.

I really honestly don't think the Sabres played that badly, it's just that the Rangers played really un-ranger-like. They actually worked and won battles and crap.

And Bobby Holik has the ugliest whine-face ever. I wanted to reach through the TV and beat the crap out of him when he was crying in the penalty box there.

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I was really impressed with Markkanen tonight.

I really honestly don't think the Sabres played that badly, it's just that the Rangers played really un-ranger-like. They actually worked and won battles and crap.

And Bobby Holik has the ugliest whine-face ever. I wanted to reach through the TV and beat the crap out of him when he was crying in the penalty box there.
I was thinking the same thing on Holik. One ugly brother. I think this is the kind of game where you'd normally say "Didn't play GREAT, but they didn't play horrible either. Some bad bounces... couldn't catch a break but also couldn't get much going." HOWEVER, given their recent slide these past few games, especially wednesday's debacle, you expect a great effort. We've seen earlier this season we've come back with big games after blowouts. This game left me longing for the game-to-game roller coaster ride.

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all i can think of when i see holik is kwazimodo
thats a face only a mother could love, or of course any woman interested in holik's enormous salary

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I really honestly don't think the Sabres played that badly, it's just that the Rangers played really un-ranger-like. They actually worked and won battles and crap.
Is it that the Rags actually worked or that they just played a team like us?

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I was really impressed with Markkanen tonight.
Same here. The big difference in goaltending that game was that Markkanen's gave up very few rebounds.

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Ouch, isn't this the unnecessary bump.

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