The Sharks (3-4-0) look to get back on track at Madison Square Garden against the struggling New York Rangers (2-5-2). The Rangers are looking to extend their point streak to four games, but that makes it sound better than it is, at 1-0-2. Before a solid win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday, the blue shirts dropped a pair of overtime decisions to the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders, and have only two wins on the season.
The Sharks lead the league in adjusted 5v5 Corsi for percentage and, while the season is young, that should be cause for some optimism going into a contest against a team that ranks 25th in that category. Unfortunately, Lady Luck hates teal, as the Sharks rank 28th in the league in 5v5 shooting percentage, save percentage, and in PDO, their unholy union.
J.T. Miller leads the Rangers in points with eight, and Mika Zibanejad leads the team in goals with five. The Sharks have struggled to get secondary scoring out of the lineup over the past few games; only four of the Sharks' 19 goals have come from the bottom two lines, a factor that likely led head coach Pete DeBoer to postpone Timo time, scratching Meier and Jannik Hansen in favor of hedge fund manager Barclay Goodrow and veteran Joel Ward.
Martin Jones is back in net for the Sharks after a strong showing against a weary New Jersey Devils team on Friday evening.
Ranger head coach Alain Vigneault is opting for a twelve forward, seven defenseman line up for the second game in a row, changing nothing from their 4-2 win over the Preds on Saturday.
Rick Nash -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey -- Kevin Hayes -- Jesper Fast
Chris Kreider -- David Desharnais -- J.T. Miller
Michael Grabner -- Pavel Buchnevich
Ryan McDonagh -- Brendan Smith
Marc Staal -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Brady Skjei -- Nick Holden
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