Lundqvist to make 10th straight start; Dorsett improving
Greetings from windy Buffalo where, if I wasn’t sitting in my hotel room typing this, I’d be outside being blown away by the gusts of wind. The Rangers will face the Sabres tonight at 7 in a crucial game for both teams’ playoff chances, though it’s much more of a must-win for the Sabres as they have just four games remaining and will entering the game four points behind the eighth-place Rangers, who have five games left, including tonight. A regulation loss would eliminate the Sabres from postseason contention. Coach John Tortorella said the Rangers will have the same lineup as last night’s 6-1 win over the Panthers at Madison Square Garden, meaning Matt Gilroy and Roman Hamrlik remain the healthy scratches and Henrik Lundqvist will be making his season-high 10th straight start. “It was nice to get an extra day off last week when we had two days and then a game and then two days again, that made a big difference,” Lundqvist said as he left the First Niagara Center this morning after a sparsely-attended optional skate. “It’s just exciting to be out there right now, I don’t really think about how many starts I have. I just try to get ready for each game and then we’ll see when I get the night off if I get one. I’m just focused on playing right now. I don’t really think about it, how many starts.” As for Tortorella, he was asked about rookie Chris Kreider logging 7:02 on the fourth line in his first game after being recalled again from Connecticut (AHL). Kreider took just one shift in the second period as the Rangers had two power plays and killed off the Panthers’ man advantage. “No, he didn’t do anything wrong, he chased some pucks, he was fine,” Tortorella said. “I had some matchups and it is what it is.”
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