Pre-Game: Rangers V.S. Sharks 10/8/13

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After an 0-1 start had all fans on their heels, the New York Rangers bounced back with a tremendous performance in Los Angeles to knock off the Kings in a 3-1 victory.

Brad Richards, who seems to be coming back into top-form, scored twice in the contest with defenseman Ryan McDonagh also scoring on a fluke goal given up by normally stellar goaltender Jonathan Quick, which can be watched here.

The Rangers’ opponent tonight is not a fluke by any stretch of the imagination. The San Jose Sharks (2-0-0) have so far defeated John Tortorella’s Vancouver Canucks and the Phoenix Coyotes both by scores of 4-1. Now tonight they are looking to take a bite out of the Rangers to produce a 3-game winning streak, but New York has other ideas.

Storylines 

  • Alain Vigneault will field the same team as he did last night against the Kings.
  •  3rd straight home game for the Sharks
  • Last time these two met was October 31st of 2011. The Rangers dominated in a 5-2 victory.

Starting Line-Ups (Pending Scratches) 

Sharks 

Forwards: Joe PavelskiAndrew Desjardins, Patrick Marleau (A), James Sheppard, Joe Thornton (C), Adam Burish, Logan Couture, John McCarthy, Tomas Hertl, Tommy Wingels, Tyler Kennedy, Matthew Nieto, Brent Burns

Defenseman: Jason Demers, Brad Stuart, Dan Boyle (A), Scott HannanMarc-Edouard Vlasic, Matt Irwin, Justin Braun

Goaltenders: Antti Niemi (Starting), Alex Stalock

Rangers 

Forwards: Jesper Fast, Taylor Pyatt, Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, Brad Richards (A), Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan (C), Dominic Moore, Mats Zuccarello, Arron Asham, Rick Nash, Benoit Pouliot

Defenseman: Michael Del Zotto, Dan Girardi, Anton Stralman, John Moore, Marc Staal (A), Ryan McDonagh

Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist (Starting), Martin Biron

Quick Hits (Courtesy of NHL Media) 

Rangers stats v.s. Sharks:

  • All-Time: 20-6-3-0 overall (9-3-1-0 at home; 11-3-2-0 on the road)
  • 2013-14: Tonight is the first of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at SAP Center at San Jose.
  • Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-0 mark on the road), following a 5-2 win against the Sharks on Oct. 31, 2011, at Madison Square Garden. Ryan Callahan led all skaters with two goals and three points in the contest, while Martin Biron made 24 saves for the win. The victory sparked a seven-game winning streak for the Rangers.
  • The Blueshirts enter the contest with a two-game winning streak against the Sharks
  • The Rangers have registered at least a point in eight of the last 10 contests against the Sharks (7-2-1-0 over the span) dating back to Dec. 28, 2001
  • New York tied for 19th in the NHL with a 10-12-2 (22 pts) record on the road last season; San Jose ranked third with a 17-2-5 (39 pts) mark at home last season
  • New York lists one former Shark on their roster: Dominic Moore (2011-12)
  • San Jose lists no former Rangers on their roster

Coverage begins at 10 pm on MSG. Puck drops at 10:30 pm! Don’t be late!

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-Andrew (@a_graz24)

 

 

Topics: National Hockey League, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks

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