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Sharks Look to Bounce Back Against Islanders

Overview

The San Jose Sharks suffered their first loss of the season last night after falling 7-4 to the New York Rangers. The game was full of defensive miscues, and a late rally was not enough to overcome the deficit they faced.

The Sharks will need to have a better outing tonight against the New York Islanders if they want to come out of the Big Apple with a split.

Aaron Dell will likely have his first start of the season since Martin Jones played last night. This is the first time Sharks fans will have the chance to see the netminder play at the NHL level.

San Jose has a tough schedule early on in the year; they played just one home game before going out on a six-game road trip in a different time zone. Couple that with a lack of preseason playing time due to the World Cup of Hockey, and you can expect the Sharks to struggle a bit out of the gate.

Still, this is an NHL team. The Silicon Valley franchise needs to get wins on this road trip in order to keep pace with the rest of the Pacific Division. If they can break even over this span, it will be a success.

Matchup

Islanders Sharks Advantage
1-2-0 Record 2-1-0 Sharks
6th in Metropolitan Div. Standing 3rd in Pacific  Sharks
1-2-0 Last 10 Games 2-1-0 Sharks
11.1% Power Play 25.0% Sharks
92.8% Penalty Kill 50.0% Islanders
7 Goals For 9 Sharks
9 Goals Against 10 Islanders
-2 Goal Differential -1 Sharks

Projected Lines

Sharks

Hertl-Thornton-Pavelski

Boedker-Couture-Donskoi

Marleau-Tierney-Ward

Karlsson-Wingels-Nieto

Vlasic-Braun

Martin-Burns

Dillon-Schlemko

Dell

Jones

Islanders

Ladd-Tavares-Bailey

Lee-Nelson-Chimera

Beauvillier-Strome-Quine

Kulemin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck

Leddy-Hamonic

Hickey-Boychuk

de Haan-Seidenberg

Halak

Greiss

About Drew Weber

Drew Weber is a lover of hockey and abuser of analytics. Prior to joining Pucknology, he covered the San Jose Sharks and Team USA for The Hockey Writers and contributed briefly to Fear the Fin. You can follow him on Twitter at @puck_over_glass.

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