In spite of their Metropolitan brethren struggling, the New York Rangers can’t even fully enjoy it, having gone 4-7-0 in the calendar year thus far.
Im their final game before the All-Star break, they’ll look to earn a desperate two points, as well as end a three game losing streak, in the final stage of a California road trip against the San Jose Sharks (10:30 PM, MSG).
The past two losses for the Rangers (24-20-5) came in heartbreaking fashion. They led 2-0 against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night, but ended up falling 4-2 after allowing three power play goals in the second period. On Tuesday night, they actually earned some goals, but nonetheless fell 6-3 to the Anaheim Ducks. Rick Nash contiued his recent hot streak, adding two more goals, while Michael Grabner added another, his team-high 21st of the season. However, the Rangers were unable to overcome four Anaheim goals in the first period, the first three of which removed Henrik Lundqvist from net.
That same night, the Sharks (26-14-7) overcame a 3-0 deficit at home against the Winnipeg Jets, but still fell 5-4 in overtime. When they fell behind 4-3 in the third, Timo Meier retied the game, but Bryan Little gave the Jets the win 18 seconds in the extra session.
This will wrap up the yearly pair between the Rangers and the Sharks, with the Sharks taking the Madison Square Garden matchup 4-1 in October. Logan Couture scored the opening goal for San Jose, who went up 4-0 before Mika Zibanejad added a tally late in the third.
Pavelec, who spelled Lundqvist on Tuesday night, is expected to start tonight.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490