Sauer had been out with a shoulder injury and Ryan McDonagh told ESPN NY that his presence in the lineup was missed:
"It's going to be huge for us," said second-year defenseman Ryan McDonagh. "He's rock-solid back there and it's going to stabilize our back end."He will probably be paired with Michael Del Zotto as he has the third most ice time for defensemen and the two were paired together for the first two games. It will just be good to have him back. He is solid on defense and an important player for the Rangers.