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Lundqvist expects ‘desperate’ Sabres team

Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist will be back in goal tonight for the New York Rangers, and for some reason he’s expecting “a tough game” from the visiting Buffalo Sabres, a.k.a. the worst team in the NHL.

“Their record is not great but they’re still a good team,” Lundqvist said, per “They’re going to come hard and be a desperate team, similar to us. They’re playing better and better so I expect a tough game.”

OK, so obviously Lundqvist’s not going to say what everyone else has been saying, which is that the Sabres’ play has been downright embarrassing this season. Best to take the classy approach. No need to risk a Lars Eller-type situation. After all, it’s not like the Rangers have been tearing up the NHL either.

The thing is, the Sabres have already had numerous opportunities to “come hard and be a desperate team,” and their frustrated fans are still waiting to see it.

As for Lundqvist’s assertion that the Sabres are “playing better,” we suppose they were somewhat improved Monday against Dallas -- “Tonight, there were some of probably the most positive signs I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said captain Steve Ott -- but they still lost, 4-3, at home to a Stars side that’s been average at best in 2013-14.