A couple of minor tweaks in the line-up for tonight, most notably Kevin Weekes getting his first start of the year in place of Henrik Lundqvist.
—Ryan Hollweg moves up to the third line on the left wing with Blair Betts and Adam Hall.
—Marcel Hossa will skate with Jason Ward and Colton Orr on the fourth, while Nigel Dawes sits for a second consecutive game.
—No change in the defensive pairings. Michal Rozsival is back after missing practice yesterday with a hip flexor, while Darius Kasparaitis stayed behind in Westchester to work out.
Getting back to Weekes, maybe it’s not the ideal time to make your first start of the year. The Sabres are 3-0 and might well be the best team in the league.
That said, there is a potential upside: given the Rangers’ lax play in the defensive zone on Thursday night, they know they absolutely have to support a goaltender who is likely to be rusty. If anything, the team was relying too much on Lundqvist the first few games, and that, they soon learned was a mistake.