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Rangers try to find right 'D' combinations with Kevin Klein out of lineup

Kevin Klein #8 of the New York Rangers

Kevin Klein #8 of the New York Rangers celebrates his game-winning goal at 3:45 of overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 8, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Bruce Bennett

BUFFALO - With right-handed defenseman Kevin Klein lost to an arm injury, the Rangers balanced the minutes between their six defensemen in Saturday night's 2-0 blanking of the Sabres.

Matt Hunwick and Keith Yandle, two of the four lefties, started the game together, but coach Alain Vigneault juggled a bit.

Hunwick, 29, who has played 40 games, played the least of the blueliners (15:29) but had four shot attempts. Yandle played 18:34 and Marc Staal 18:30.

The first pair, Ryan McDonagh and righty Dan Girardi, led in ice time with 24:02 and 24:18, respectively. Dan Boyle, the other righty, played 19:19.

"I felt pretty good, kept up with the pace," said Hunwick, who hadn't played since Feb. 24 and was a healthy scratch for seven games.

The Rangers have salary-cap room for a seventh defenseman, but Vigneault has said he'll go with six for the short term. After Sunday's home game, there is only one game -- against Chicago -- in the next five days.

Blue notesMartin St. Louis had two points: his 20th goal on an empty-netter and an assist on Yandle's game-winner . . . The Rangers won 64 percent of the faceoffs . . . It is the first time in franchise history that three goalies have shutouts in the same season. The team has 11 . . . The Blueshirts have allowed one goal or fewer in regulation in each of the last six games, including all five games of their road trip . . . Future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr and the Panthers visit the Garden at 5 p.m. Sunday. The last game against the Panthers, a 6-3 win, was Henrik Lundqvist's final appearance before being shut down with a vascular injury in his neck. Cam Talbot will be in goal . . . The Rangers are 7-1-2 in the second games of back-to-back sets . . . James Shepard was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game. Tanner Glass stayed on the fourth line and fought Nicolas Deslauriers at 17:20 of the second period.

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