The New York Rangers continue their longest homestand of the year tonight as they host the San Jose Sharks. The Rangers are coming off playing their most complete game of the year as they beat Nashville at the Garden 4-2 Saturday afternoon. San Jose is coming off a loss to the New York Islanders Saturday night.
Rangers line to success
The line of Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller, and Jesper Fast has been the best line the Rangers have had in recent games. Both Fast and Hayes scored Saturday in the win. Hayes has been under tons of scrutiny but has been playing a complete game lately. Fast who missed the first couple games because of shoulder surgery has gone back to his old self, hard forecheck and good positioning is what he does, and he has done that to a tee with the addition of his first goal on Saturday. Look for this line to continue their success tonight.
Sharks finish up tri-state road trip
San Jose is in their third game of this tri-state area trip. They went into Newark and beat the Devils 3-0 Friday but lost Saturday. Logan Couture scored all three goals for the Sharks for his second career hat trick but it was not enough. San Jose stays under the .500 mark looking to get over for the first time this year. Martin Jones is the likely starter in net for the Sharks with Henrik Lundqvist opposing him on the opposite end.
The Rangers FINALLY put together a complete(somewhat) game Saturday. The only concern, they amassed a total of 15 shots the whole game. The good out of that, they scored four goals on the 15 shots, the good and bad but the Rangers found the back of the net. They will need to generate more scoring chances against a solid Martin Jones in net. They had good possession on Saturday but not many shots, they need to find a way to get more pucks to the net and create more chances. The Rangers did go through power plays without shots on the net even, so from there, it could be just something as simple as throwing the puck towards the net on the man advantage. Lundqvist was tremendous Saturday and he needs to do it again. Although the Rangers have only won one out of their past three contests, they have increased their level of play each time. The Sharks are in the middle of their road trip and this is where it starts to become difficult to get up for each game. I believe this will be a tough one but the Rangers will squeak this one out on home ice.