The Rangers look to snap a two-game skid against the Pacific Division leading San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET, MSG).
The Rangers are coming off a disappointing four to three loss against the Los Angeles Kings. The Rangers found themselves with a two-goal lead half way through the second period. Vladislav Namestnikov got the Rangers off and running following a lengthy review for his first goal of the season. Tony DeAngelo, who played for the injured Adam McQuaid, banked a puck in off Jack Campbell from behind the goal line.
However shortly after, the Blueshirts would find themselves in penalty trouble. Cody McLeod got two for slashing and the Rangers got caught with too many men on the ice. The Kings would capitalize with two powerplay goals tying the game, courtesy of Dustin Brown and Ilya Kovalchuk.
In the third, Trevor Lewis found a loose puck and gave the Kings their first lead of the game. Ryan Spooner would find an equalizer just minutes later for his first of the season. With the game inching closer to overtime, the Rangers would be haunted by an old nightmare. Alec Martinez scored the game winner with under a minute left to seal the win for Los Angeles. Lundqvist made 36 saves in a losing effort.
Tonight, the Rangers take on Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks. Earlier this season, the Rangers earned David Quinn his first career coaching win against San Jose courtesy of a Brady Skjei overtime winner. Brett Howden got the Blueshirts tied in first period and Brendan Smith tied the game late in the third. Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves for his first win of the season. In last season’s visit to the Shark Tank, the Blueshirts won a shootout against the Sharks 6 to 5 which included a Skjei short-handed goal. Skjei has registered more points against the Sharks than against any opponent in his career (Six points in five games against San Jose).
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The Sharks are coming off a three-game road trip and an overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks, who the Rangers play Thursday. Joe Thornton has missed nine straight games due to injury, but the 39-year-old is likely to return to the lineup for San Jose tonight. The Sharks are also led by a strong defense core consisting of Brett Burns and newly acquired Erik Karlsson. Karlsson is still looking for his first goal as a Shark. Coming into the game, the Sharks are averaging nearly 3.5 goals a game. Their top point scoring is Logan Couture and Brett Burns, each with 13 points. The Rangers will also see Martin Jones for the first time this season.
In a disappointing lost Sunday, the Rangers are looking to break their losing streak. Coming out of the game, it appears David Quinn would like to see more of Vladislav Namestnikov. “His play certainly has warranted it,” Quinn said. “He’s had a good three-week stretch here, he continues to earn his ice time.” Quinn made line changes at practice Monday and he will now get to see what Namestnikov can do.
Despite practicing on the fourth line in Monday’s practice, it appears Pavel Buchnevich will be the healthy scratch tonight with Cody McLeod playing the wing. Quinn simply stated, “He’s got to play better.” Adam McQuaid remains day-to-day and will not play tonight. Henrik Lundqvist will make his 10th start in goal tonight and Alex Georgiev will start in Thursday’s game verse Anaheim according to David Quinn.