San Jose Sharks at New York Rangers
Time: 4:00pm PT
Where: Madison Square Garden
TV: CSN California (Pregame Live at 3:30pm), NHL Network (outside the Bay Area)
Radio: 98.5 KFOX, Sharks Radio Network
The only NHL game on Election Day in Canada features the San Jose Sharks will wrap up their four game Metropolitan Division road trip in Manhattan against the New York Rangers. After starting strong with a 3-0-0 record and shutting down their opponents for a full sixty minutes, Team Teal has struggled the last two games, a shootout victory in New Jersey, and a rough loss in Brooklyn against the Islanders with backup netminder Alex Stalock taking the defeat.
In the midst of the week, the Sharks have gotten the injury bug early. Something that hasn’t hit this team in quite awhile. By now, you know about Logan Couture’s broken fibula and will be out til about American Thanksgiving. Joonas Donskoi still bothered by an injury from the home opener. Paul Martin was injured in New Jersey on Friday will sit out his second game. And Ben Smith who was playing his second game, took a shot to the ear in Brooklyn and will sit out tonight.
The Sharks have called up Barracuda captain Bryan Lerg and will be inserted into the 4th line tonight, while Dylan DeMelo will play along side Matt Tennyson for Paul Martin. Speaking of Martin (wazzzzup!), ahem, Martin Jones will get the start while Stalock will backup.
Sharks projected lineup:
N. Goldobin – J. Thornton – J. Pavelski
P. Marleau – T. Hertl – J. Ward
M. Nieto – C. Tierney – T. Wingels
B. Goodrow – B. Lerg – M. Brown
M. Vlasic – J. Braun
B. Dillon – B. Burns
D. DeMelo – M. Tennyson
For the New York Rangers, they also started the season 3-0-0, but have gone 0-2-1 since. They took a bus to Newark and lost to the Devils in overtime last night. Antti Raanta will make his Rangers debut as a planned night off for Henrik Lundqvist, who has played in all six games for the Blueshirts. In their three game winless streak, the Rangers have scored a total of six goals.
Rangers projected lineup:
R. Nash – D. Stepan – M. Zuccarello
C. Kreider – D. Brassard – J. Fast
O. Lindberg – K. Hayes – J.T. Miller
V. Stalberg – D. Moore – J. Stoll
R. McDonagh – K. Klein
K. Yandle – D. Girardi
M. Staal – D. Boyle
In Sharks related news, prospect Rourke Chartier has been selected to for the Western Hockey League in the Subway Super Series. This six game series features the Russian Select junior squad and plays two games against each league in the Canadian Hockey League (QMJHL, OHL, WHL) Chartier has three goals and an assist in seven games with WHL’s Kelowna Rockets.