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Rangers at Sharks: Lines, how to watch & open thread

Ryan Lindgren #55 of the New York Rangers shoots the puck against Rudolfs Balcers #92 of the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden on December 3, 2021 in New York City. Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

The New York Rangers are closing out the California swing, facing off against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center tonight. With three consecutive 3-2 wins under their belts, the Sharks look hot right now, and they’ll need to maintain if there’s any hope of gaining ground in the standings. Taking away the best (Vegas) and worst (Seattle) teams and just ten points separate the rest of the division.

Here’s everything you need to know to tune in:

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Rudolfs Balcers — Tomas Hertl — Timo Meier
Jonathan Dahlen — Logan Couture — Noah Gregor
Andrew Cogliano — Nick Bonino — Matt Nieto
Jeffrey Viel — Jasper Weatherby — Nick Merkley

Mario Ferraro — Brent Burns
Jaycob Megna — Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Ryan Merkley

Adin Hill
Zachary Sawchenko

Expected Scratches: Radim Simek, Nicholas Meloche, Adam Raska, Lane Pederson

Injured Reserve: James Reimer (lower body), Jacob Middleton (upper body), Kevin Labanc (upper body), Nikolai Knyzhov (upper body), Jonah Gadjovich (upper body)

COVID-19 Protocol: Alexander Barabanov

NEW YORK RANGERS

Chris Kreider — Mika Zibanejad — Kaapo Kakko
Artemi Panarin — Ryan Strome — Alexis Lafreniere
Greg McKegg — Kevin Rooney — Filip Chytil
Tim Gettinger — Morgan Barron — Jonny Brodzinski

Ryan Lindgren — Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller — Jacob Trouba
Patrik Nemeth — Jarred Tinordi

Igor Shesterkin
Alexandar Georgiev

Expected Scratches: Libor Hajek, Nils Lundkvist

Injured Reserve: Sammy Blais (knee), Dryden Hunt (upper body)

COVID-19 Protocol: Julien Gauthier, Barclay Goodrow

How to Watch

Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on NBCSCA and MSG. Streaming is available with a subscription to ESPN+ (blackout restrictions do apply). The radio call will be streamed through the Sharks Audio Network. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET at SAP Center in San Jose, California.

Check back at puck drop to follow along with all of the play-by-play action!