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By Tina Kolokathis

The New York Rangers (9-8-2, 20 points) host the Buffalo Sabres (9-12-1, 19 points) tonight at Madison Square Garden, the first of three meetings between the two teams this season.  The Sabres are coming off a shootout win against the New Jersey Devils yesterday, while the Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning back on Feb 28.  The latter win broke a four-game losing streak for the Blueshirts.

Coming off a few different injuries, the Rangers were down key players last week including Rick Nash and Ryan McDonough.  Now all the Rangers are healthy, minus forward Aaron Asham who has missed the last four games due to back spasms.  And, it’s no surprise that “The King” Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal. (P.S. wish the tender a happy birthday, he turned 31 yesterday!)

Now, the hope is that these guys can stay healthy and get in some big W’s.  The team won’t have two consecutive days off again until the end of March.  McDonough told the Daily News‘ Pat Leonard that the Blueshirts will have to work on staying healthy.  He said, “We’re all pros, and we know what it takes as far as what our body needs and wants.”

Catch the game tonight at 7:30 on MSG.


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