Oct 8, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) shoots and scores against New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron (43) during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Rangers 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Sharks, Rangers Square Off in the Big Apple: Game Preview


The last time the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers met was one of the more memorable games of the season thus far for the Sharks. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The last time the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers met was one of the more memorable games of the season thus far for the Sharks, who dominated the Rangers 9-2 back on Oct. 8. It was made even better by Tomas Hertl’s four-goal performance, including an epic between-the-legs breakaway goal in the third period.

On Sunday afternoon, these two teams will meet again, but under a few different circumstances: it will be a road game for Team Teal, and the injured Hertl won’t be playing.

But there is no doubt that the Rangers will be looking for payback. No team enjoys getting blown out, and the Rangers have a shot at redemption. They also have bolstered their roster big-time with the acquisition of Martin St. Louis at the trade deadline in the deal that sent Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay. St. Louis scored four goals against the Sharks as a member of the Lightning on Dec. 18, so the Sharks will need to find a way to stop the speedy winger.

Both teams are currently locked in close division races. The Sharks are tied with the Ducks atop the Pacific with 95 points, while the Rangers (76 points) are tied with Columbus are just a point ahead of Philadelphia for the second spot in the Metropolitan. San Jose has won five straight games, while New York has dropped two of its last three.

Tale of the Tape

Sharks

  • Goals for per game: 2.99 (7th)
  • Goals against per game: 2.35 (4th)
  • Shots per game: 34.8 (1st)
  • Shots against per game: 27.8 (5th)
  • Penalty minutes: 638 (5th)
  • Power play percentage: 16.1% (21st)
  • Penalty kill percentage: 84.4% (7th)

Rangers:

  • Goals for per game: 2.54 (19th)
  • Goals against per game: 2.46 (7th)
  • Shots per game: 32.8 (3rd)
  • Shots against per game: 29.5 (14th)
  • Penalty minutes: 694 (11th)
  • Power play percentage: 19.5% (11th)
  • Penalty kill percentage: 84.6% (6th)

Top Performers

Sharks: Joe Pavelski (34 G, 32 A), Joe Thornton (10 G, 55 A), Patrick Marleau (28 G, 32 A)

Rangers: Martin St. Louis (29 G, 34 G), Brad Richards (16 G, 30 A), Derek Stepan (12 G, 34 A)

Injury Report

Sharks: Defenseman Brad Stuart (upper body) is out. Forward Tomas Hertl (knee) is skating, but remains out indefinitely.

Rangers: None.

Probable Lines

SAN JOSE (44-17-7)

Forwards

Pavelski-Thornton-Burns

Marleau-Couture-Nieto

Havlat-Sheppard-Wingels

Torres-Desjardins-Burish

Defensemen

Vlasic-Demers

Hannan-Braun

Irwin-Boyle

Goalies

Antti Niemi

Alex Stalock

NEW YORK (36-28-4)

Forwards

Kreider-Stepan-Nash

Hagelin-Richards-St. Louis

Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello

Boyle-Moore-Carcillo

Defensemen

McDonagh-Girardi

Stralman-Staal

Moore-Klein

Goalies

Henrik Lundqvist

Cameron Talbot

Game Info

Opening face-off: 1:00 PST

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

TV: LOCAL

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