San Jose Sharks (3-4 SU, 2-5 PL, 3-3-1 O/U) vs New York Rangers (2-7 SU, 3-6 PL, 5-4-0 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Monday, October 23, 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York, New York
Lines: New York -118/ San Jose +107
NHL hockey action on Monday evening and the Pacific Division will battle it out with the Metro Division as the San Jose Sharks take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The Sharks come in off a 5-3 road loss to the Islanders, while the Rangers are off a 4-2 home win over the Predators. Goalie Probables: Martin Jones will get the nod in this one and he will be opposed by Henrik Lundqvist.
Sharks Take A Fall At The Barclays Center
The San Jose Sharks have not started the season well, but they did grab a nice 2-0 road win over the Devils to start this trip. Unfortunately, they could not build off of that as they fell on the road to the Islanders by a score of 5-3 in their next game. Aaron Dell got the start in that game as Martin Jones had started the night before in New Jersey and Dell really struggled as he allowed four goals on just 22 shot attempts to fall to 0-2 with a 2.58 GAA on the year, after going 11-7 with a 2.00 GAA as a backup to Jones a year ago. Jones is expected to be back in the crease for this one and he has gone 3-2 with a 2.64 GAA on the year and in his lone road start so far, he blanked the Devils by a score of 3-0. In his career, he has gone 49-34 with a 2.33 GAA on the road and 14-9 with a 2.06 GAA during the month of October, while against the Metro Division he has gone 18-11 with a 2.30 GAA, including 2-2 with a 3.47 GAA against the Rangers. The offense has not been great for the Sharks but they did score three goals in the game. Logan Couture is off to a nice start as he has six goals on the year notching a hat trick in the loss to the Rangers. It just wasn’t enough as the rest of the offense didn’t show up in the game.
San Jose has been a poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 22nd in the league in scoring at 2.71 gpg, while also ranking 14th in shots taken (32.3 spg) and 9th in power play conversions, converting on 23.3% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been a bit below average as they come in ranked 17th in goals allowed, giving up 3.00 gpg, while also ranking 2nd in shots allowed (28.3 spg) and 5th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 13.3% of their chances.
Rangers Top Preds To Break Skid
The New York Rangers have gotten off to a very slow start this year and they are hoping that a 4-2 home win over the Predators on Saturday will help them get on track this year. The Rangers had lost their previous five games in a row, so the win was huge for them, but still, it was just their 2nd win of the year. There is a long way to go in this season. So there is no to panic in this team just year, but they do have to build on their win against the Preds. Scoring for the Rangers in the win was Jesper Fast, which was his 1st of the year, Chris Kreider, which was his 1st of the year, Kevin Hayes, which was his 3rd of the year and Jimmy Vesey, which was his 1st of the year. Henrik Lundqvist has had a rough go of it in the early going, but he had a nice outing against the Preds as he stopped 23 of the 25 shots that he faced in the game to move to 2-5 with a 3.00 GAA on the year, including 2-4 with a 2.48 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 230-168 with a 2.22 GAA here at the Garden and 54-54 with a 2.50 GAA during the month of October, while against the Pacific Division he has gone 35-25 with a 2.40 GAA and he has gone 4-5 with a 2.63 GAA in his career against the Sharks.
The Rangers have been poor on offense so far as they come into this game ranked 25th in the league in scoring at 2.67 gpg, while also ranking 15th in shots taken (32.1 spg) and 11th in power play conversions, converting on 22.9% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have not been that good as they come in ranked 21st in goals allowed, giving up 3.44 gpg, while also ranking 12th in shots allowed (31.3 spg) and 22nd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 22.9% of their chances.
San Jose is:
- 3-9 in their last 12 road games
- 1-5 in their last six games playing on one days rest
New York is:
- 29-11 in their last 40 vs. the Pacific
- 27-13 in their last 40 when their opponent allows five goals or more in their previous game
The San Jose Sharks have not gotten off to a good start this year, but neither have the Rangers. The Rangers have just two wins on the year, but they are off a confidence-building home win over the Predators and I feel they will carry that momentum over to this game. Martin JOnes is back in the crease for the Sharks and he looked good against the Devils in his lone start this year, but he does not have great numbers against the Rangers and I look for him to struggle in this one. I see the Rangers taking a hard-fought battle from the Sharks in this one, especially with the home team going 4-0 the last four games in this series.