New York (23-28-2) at Buffalo (15-29-4)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Feb 15, 2003
  • TV: MSG
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BUFFALO, NEW YORK (TICKER) —The New York Rangers begin an important six-game road trip Saturday night when they visit the reeling Buffalo Sabres.

The Rangers come off consecutive wins and are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, four pointys from the eighth and final playoff berth.

This trip will last through February 25 and the opener is New York’s only game against a team with a losing record.

Alexei Kovalev, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh on Monday, scored a power-play goal early in the third period and Mike Dunham made 26 saves in New York’s 1-0 win over the Penguins on Friday. Kovalev, who is in his second stint with the Rangers, scored an empty-net goal in Wednesday’s 3-1 road win over the Florida Panthers.

Defenseman Brian Leetch played in his first game since December 3 on Friday and assisted on Kovalev’s goal. He had missed 31 games with an ankle injury and the Rangers were 10-16-3-2 in his absence.

Buffalo has dropped a franchise-record eight straight games. The latest loss was a 4-2 road setback against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. Tim Connolly netted his third goal in as many games and rookie Ryan Miller fell to 0-4-1 in his five starts since his first career shutout at Minnesota on January 14.

The Sabres lead the season series 1-0-1.

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