The Sabres are coming off a convincing 7-1 win against a lackluster, DiPietro-less New York Islanders team, though a pro hockey team nonetheless who was embarassed on their home ice and there's no excuse for that.
The Rangers are coming off, well, one of their best starts in franchise history. 5-0 out of the gate ties their best all-time feat, and with a win tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden, they'll rewrite the Blueshirt record books.
It's Dmitri Kalinin and Chris Drury against their old buddies. Kalinin and Drury are great, but they're no all-stars. The Sabres have competed well against this Rangers team in the past, and they'll compete with them tomorrow. It will likely be a close affair.
Ryan Miller is well-rested, as Patrick Lalime got the nod on the Island. Henrik Lundqvist will be ready too, and his questionable knee has held up just fine thus far.
It's a taste of playoff hockey in October. Can you think of a juicier match-up for Oct. 15?
They're the only teams in the Eastern Conference who have yet to suffer a loss. Even those all-too-talked-about Montreal Canadiens lost to this very Sabres team.
San Jose, Minnesota, and Phoenix are the remaining undefeateds out west.
New York is great - and they are for real, and will easily make the playoffs this year - but I say tomorrow the Sabres snatch victory from the Rangers with a heart-filled, gritty, defense-first effort. 3-2 Buffalo is my prediction. In overtime.