The New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres are rebuilding teams.
So, it is no surprise that both will be looking for their first win of the season when they meet Saturday in Buffalo after losing their respective season openers at home on Thursday.
The Rangers lost 3-2 to the Nashville Predators, while the Sabres were defeated 4-0 by the Boston Bruins, who were hurting from their 7-0 loss to the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in their season opener on Wednesday.
The Rangers played in the closer game, but that did not seem to impress their new coach, David Quinn.
"I didn't think we really played to the level that we're looking for," Quinn said. "Obviously, we are up against a team (Nashville) that's one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, so it was certainly a great test. I just thought we were hesitant, I didn't think we hounded the puck like we did in the preseason. It's probably the most odd-man rushes we gave up in any game we've played. We've just got to be harder on the puck. We've got to do a better job of playing 'in your face' hockey." >> Read More
Copyright 2018 by the Associated Press