Tonight’s Rangers-Sabers Contest: A Potential First-Round Preview?

April 6th, 2010 by Broadway Hockey Daily Leave a reply »
The Rangers’ primary focus heading into tonight’s pivotal matchup with the Buffalo Sabres has to be about simply wrapping up two points and inching closer and closer to a playoff spot. But one element that should make the game just a little bit more interesting (aside from the already-established history between the two clubs) is the chance that the two teams could potentially meet in the playoffs, perhaps even as early as the first round.

Heading into tonight’s game, the Sabres, who lead the Northwest Division with 96 points and have four games remaining, including tonight, are just one point behind the New Jersey Devils for second place in the Eastern Conference. The Devils, also with four games to go in their schedule, are in Atlanta tonight to face the Thrashers, who have 91 points and three games remaining.

One spot ahead of the Thrashers sit the Rangers, who have 92 points and four games remaining and currently in ninth. With a game in hand on all three of the clubs directly ahead of them in the playoff race, the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins, and the Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers aren’t just looking to make the playo ...

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