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
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
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.