Rangers Can End Sabres Dreams Tonight

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Rangers-Ryan Callahan: Appropriately enough on the night he was named the 2013 recipient of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, Callahan played a powerhouse game. the Rangers captain notched a pair of assists, had a slew of prime scoring chances built on hustle and driving to the net, and delivered a team-high five hits in just under 23 minutes of ice-time. Doing it all out on the ice is typical for Callahan. Now he just needs to find his scoring touch again. He has gone five games without scoring a goal, and has netted just one in his last eight games and two in his last 17 contests. Callahan has seven goals in 22 career games against the Sabres.

 

Sabres: Patrick Kaleta: The Rangers will face Kaleta for the first time since his reckless check from behind injured Brad Richards at The Garden back on March 3rd. Kaleta was still under NHL suspension when the teams played their rematch nine days later. He will have a target affixed to his back, for sure, but the Rangers will have to make sure not to go out of their way to hunt down Kaleta at the expense of the game itself---and likely won't considering how disciplined the Rangers usually are. Kaleta has only one point---a goal---in 33 games this season, and his game is built on being an irritant, a distraction. The Rangers need to make sure he does not distract them from the larger task at hand tonight.