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    Rangers at Sabres preview

    Lundqvist looks to remain undefeated outdoors with New York; Eichel aims to stay hot for Buffalo

    by Jon Lane / NHL.com Staff Writer

    December 31st, 2017

    RANGERS (20-13-5) vs. SABRES (10-20-8), at Citi Field

    1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV



    The Game

    The New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres will play in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field on Monday.


    The Rangers have lost three of their past four games (1-1-2) after a 3-2 shootout loss at the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

    The Sabres are last in the Eastern Conference but 4-3-4 after a 6-17-4 start, including a 4-3 overtime win at the New Jersey Devils on Friday.



    Players to watch

    Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is 3-1-2 with a 2.10 goals-against average and .943 save percentage since Dec. 15. He is 3-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .933 save percentage in three NHL outdoor games.

    Sabres center Jack Eichel has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games. His 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) lead Buffalo.



    They said it

    "They've been playing hard, but in the end they've been losing a lot of close games. You have to respect their speed and skill. You have to be on top of your game. Points doesn't come easy to us, so we have to prepare a certain way and play our best if we want to win this game." -- Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist

    "You have to enjoy the moment. These are moments in your career you're going to remember. At the end of the day, it is a game, and once you get into the game, it's going to feel like that. But everything around it, the buildup, the leadup, being here with your families, you really have to enjoy that piece. But once the game starts, it's a game." -- Sabres forward Kyle Okposo



    Rangers projected lineup

    Rick Nash -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello

    Michael Grabner -- Kevin Hayes -- J.T. Miller

    Pavel Buchnevich -- David Desharnais -- Jimmy Vesey

    Paul Carey -- Boo Nieves -- Vinni Lettieri

    Ryan McDonagh -- Nick Holden

    Brendan Smith -- Kevin Shattenkirk

    Marc Staal -- Brady Skjei

    Henrik Lundqvist

    Ondrej Pavelec

    Scratched: Steven Kampfer

    Injured: Chris Kreider (blood clot), Jesper Fast (quad)



    Sabres projected lineup

    Zemgus Girgensons -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

    Evander Kane -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

    Benoit Pouliot -- Evan Rodrigues -- Jason Pominville

    Johan Larsson -- Jacob Josefson -- Jordan Nolan

    Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen

    Jake McCabe -- Zach Bogosian

    Josh Gorges -- Nathan Beaulieu

    Robin Lehner

    Chad Johnson

    Scratched: Scott Wilson, Justin Falk, Victor Antipin

    Injured: Taylor Fedun (lower body)
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