THURSDAY'S NHL PREVIEWS
April 10, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
BUFFALO SABRES (21-49-9) AT NEW YORK RANGERS (44-31-5), 7 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers will try to improve their chances of starting the playoffs at home when they host the lowly Buffalo Sabres in Thursday's meeting at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers have clinched a postseason berth, but are still battling for playoff positioning. They are currently second in the Metropolitan Division with 93 points, two ahead of Philadelphia and Columbus. If New York can finish the season in second, it will host the division's third-place club in the opening round of the playoffs.
New York has two games left in the regular season, giving the Flyers, who visit Tampa Bay on Thursday, a game in hand. Columbus also has two games left, but the club is idle this evening.
The Rangers ended a two-game slide in their last outing, as they downed the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, in Tuesday's game at MSG. Brad Richards potted a pair of power-play goals to back a 27-save effort from Henrik Lundqvist in the home victory.