Sharks vs. Rangers, 10/17/16 - Preview & Prediction

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#52 New York Rangers
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#51 San Jose Sharks

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San Jose Sharks (2-0-0 SU, 0-2 PL, 0-2-0 O/U) vs New York Rangers (1-1-0 SU, 2-0 PL, 1-0-1 O/U)

When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, October 17, 2016

Where: Madison Square Garden in New York, New York

Lines: New York -114/ San Jose +103

Total: 5.5

NHL hockey this evening and the San Jose Sharks will battle it out with the New York rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Sharks check in off a nice 3-2 road win over Columbus, while the Rangers are off a 3-2 loss in St Louis. The home team has won five of the last seven games in this series.

Sharks Top Jackets On The Road

The San Jose Sharks made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year and so far this year they have started off with a 2-0 record. In their opener they took down the Kings 2-1 and then in their 2nd game they knocked off Columbus by a score of 3-2 on the road.In the win over the Jackets, they did outshoot them by 10 shots, but also lost the faceoff battle by 10. The Sharks started out fast with two goals in the first period by Mikkel Boedker and Joel Ward and then after Columbus made the score 2-1 it was Patrick Marleau that sealed the deal with a goal with just 34 seconds left in the game. The Blue Jackets did score 11 seconds later, but got no closer.  

Grabbing the win in the game for the Sharks was Martin Jones, who is now 2-0 on the year with a 1.50 GAA. Last year he was 37-23-4 with a 2.27 GAA, including 22-7-3 with a 2.20 GAA on the road, while vs the Rangers in his career he has gone 1-1 with a 2.50 GAA. Last year the Sharks ranked 4th in the league in scoring at 2.89 gpg, while also ranking 11th in shots taken (30.4 spg) and 3rd in power play conversions, converting on 22.5% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they ranked 11th in goals allowed, giving up 2.52 gpg, while also ranking 2nd in shots allowed (27.4) and 21st in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.5% of their chances.

Rangers Lose Tough One To Blues

The New York Rangers opened their season with a 5-3 win over the Islanders, but couldn’t keep it going in game number two as they fell to the Blues by a score of 3-2. I really was a tough loss for the Rangers as they outshot the Blues 35-18 and they won the faceoff battle 33-24. Tough to outplay a team like that and still lose the game. Scoring for the Rangers in the game was Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad. The Rangers are pretty much an average team this year and they will have nights like that where they outplay a team and yet lose the game. The one good thing was their defense, which allowed just 18 shots and that was a sore spot of Henrik Lundqvist, who faced the most shots in the league last year.

Lundqvist is now at 1-1 on the year with a 3.03 GAA. Last year he was 35-21-7 with a 2.48 GAA overall, including 22-6-3 with a 2.31 GAA here at home, while vs the Sharks in his career he has gone 4-4 with a 2.34 GAA. Last year the Rangers ranked 7th in the league in scoring at 2.84 gpg, while also ranking 26th in shots taken (28.5 spg) and 14th in power play conversions, converting on 18.6% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they were very strong as they ranked 16th in goals allowed, giving up 2.62 gpg, while also ranking 19th in shots allowed (30.4) and 26th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 21.8% of their chances.

Trends

San Jose is:

  • 9-2 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
  • 23-11 in their last 34 road games

New York is:

  • 2-6 in their last eight when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game
  • 1-5 in their last six vs. a team with a winning % above .600

San Jose is the play here. I feel that they are a more complete team and will take vantage of the chances they get, while the Rangers will squander some. San Jose was one of the best road teams in the league last year and have already gone 1-0 on the road this year, so they know how to play away from home. They will not be intimidated here as they walk out with a solid win.

Pick: San Jose +103

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