Tonight is the second game of this West Coast swing started by the Rangers. After an overtime loss in Seattle, it’s the Bay Area where the Blueshirts travel next as the San Jose Sharks will face tonight’s opponent. While the Sharks haven’t had the best starts, they’ve already beaten the Rangers at MSG this season, and the Original Six franchise will seek revenge in California.
Zac Jones will replace Libor Hajek in the lineup tonight. After sitting in the press box for the past few games, Jones will be looking to prove to Gerard Gallant that bringing him back into the team for this game was the right decision. Jones had an overall positive start to the season, although he wasn’t consistently at his best. However, when the entire team is volatile, it’s hard to blame one person, especially a kid like Jones.
Tonight it’s likely to be Igor Shesterkin versus James Reimer. With the reigning Vezina trophy winner taking on the former Panther, Hurricane and Maple Leaf, both goalies have had good games this season. Solving Reimer will not be an easy task for the Rangers offense. He’s pretty much the only reason the Sharks have a respectable record at this point in the season.
This is a San Jose team who have won their last 3 so they will go into this game with a lot of confidence. For that to change, Rangers need to show they are capable of playing against the New York Rangers team we saw last year. With the power play seemingly returning to what it was in previous seasons, the key to this game will be 5v5 play. If New York can dominate that, they’ll give themselves a chance.
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Jimmy Vesey
Artemi Panarin-Vincent Trocheck-Barclay Goodrow
Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Kaapo Kakko
Sammy Blais – Ryan Carpenter – Julien Gauthier
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Ryan Lindgren-Adam Fox
Zac Jones- Braden Schneider
Sharks of San Jose
Timo Meier-Tomas Hertl-Kevin Labanc
Matt Nieto – Logan Couture – Alexander Barabanov
Nick Bonino – Nico Sturm – Luke Kunin
Evgeny Svechnikov – Steven Lorentz – Oskar Lindblom
Jaycob Megna — Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Matt Benning
Mario Ferraro-Nick Cicek
Puck drop and where to watch!
This game begins at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. Terrible for those of us who stay up and watch this. NBC California will be covering the game for folks from The Golden State, but if you want Sam and Joe, MSG will also be covering the game. As always, there are streaming options. ESPN+ in the US, Sportsnet 360 in Canada and NHL.tv for those not living in North America.