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San Jose Sharks Continue Road Trip at MSG Against the New York Rangers

San Jose Sharks Look For Third Straight Win Against the New York Rangers

The San Jose Sharks are off to a terrific start to their 2016-17 campaign, collecting their first two wins of the season. However, the Sharks have not had much success against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, having been shut out twice in the past two seasons. The question remains whether they can turn the tables tonight for a third straight win.

The New York Rangers have had an up-and-down first two games, earning their first win of the season against the New York Islanders at home before dropping one on the road to the St. Louis Blues. The Rangers have a few injuries on their roster, as Kevin Klein (back), Dan Girardi (groin), Oscar Lindberg (hip surgery), and Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms) are out. 2015-16 Hobey Baker winner Jimmy Vesey will be playing against the Sharks for the first time. He has yet to be on the score sheet after two games.

San Jose Sharks Projected Line-Ups

Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Mikkel Boedker – Logan Couture – Joonas Donskoi
Patrick Marleau – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Matt Nieto – Tommy Wingels – Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Martin Jones
Aaron Dell

New York Rangers Projected Line-Ups

Jimmy Vesey – Derek Stepan – Mats Zuccarello
Chris Krieder – Mika Zibanejad – Rick Nash
J.T. Miller – Kevin Hayes – Jesper Fast
Brandon Pirri – Josh Jooris – Michael Grabner

Ryan McDonagh – Nick Holden
Marc Staal – Adam Clendening
Brady Skjei – Dylan McIlrath

Antti Raanta
Henrik Lundqvist

Keys to the Game

Find Your Rhythm Early

Against a fast team like the New York Rangers, you have to find your legs early. Establish your tempo. Set up in the offensive zone. Get shots on Antti Raanta. At the very least, you’ll be spending more time in their zone.

Capitalize & Reward 

The Sharks had too many second chances that they didn’t convert on against Columbus, and it almost cost them. Once you’re in a position to score, put that puck in the net. Don’t waste those opportunities.

About Felix Chow

Felix is a proud Sharks fan since he started watching the Sharks in 2010. He is in his second year of writing for Pucknology.

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