NEW YORK -- The Sabres' morning skate in Madison Square Garden starts at 10:30 a.m., an hour earlier than normal on the road. The Rangers rarely skate on gameday in MSG, preferring to stay out in their suburban practice facility in Greenburgh, and probably won't skate much at all after a late night. They lost last night in Washington, 2-0.
So until we get you some info after the Sabres' workout, here's some Sunday reading material:
---As John Vogl reports today, the Sabres better find a way to get some offense from somebody at some point.
---Mark Mancari will join the team this morning to fill in for the injured Drew Stafford. Mancari's Portland teammates, remember, will be at HSBC Arena today at 4 for a game against Rochester. The Pirates suffered a 4-3 loss Saturday in Syracuse.
---In the wake of his trip to Vancouver, check out Bucky Gleason's Inside the NHL column as he offers some suggestions on how the league can keep new fans. I'm totally in favor of no-touch icing as well, by the way. That would completely improve the rhythm of the game.
---The Sabres are tied with the Ottawa Senators for first place in the Northeast Division after the flu-ravaged Sens' shootout loss Saturday night to the Leafs. Daniel Alfredsson was scratched and several other players were ill. The Senators are 0-2-1 since the Olympic break -- after going 14-2 prior to it to wipe out their 13-point deficit in the Northeast. Now they're facing a three-game roadie to Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver that opens Tuesday. The Sabres still have three games in hand entering tonight, so they're still looking good in the division race.
---As for the Rangers, they're tied with Atlanta for ninth in the East and two points behind Montreal for the final playoff spot. They got Marian Gaborik back Saturday night and got a good game in goal from newcomer Alex Auld but it wasn't enough to get the Caps. Ever-chipper coach John Tortorella wasn't happy with Gaborik's play Saturday. Henrik Lundqvist, fresh off his 50-save outing Wednesday against the Penguins, will be back in goal tonight.