The Rangers are in San Jose tonight looking to build off their strong 3-1 victory over the LA Kings last night. The Sharks are a lot like the Kings, in that they have incredible depth down the middle (Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture) and solid goaltending (Antii Niemi). Their defense is solid, if slightly under appreciated.
On the ice, coach Todd McLellan has his Sharks running an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck, and they aren’t anything out of they ordinary when it comes to defensive zone schemes (overload/low zone collapse), powerplay strategies (umbrella/1-3-1), or penalty kill formations (hybrid, depends on puck location/situation). Unlike Phoenix, this is a team that will not give the Rangers room to maneuver and break out and will keep the pedal to the metal all game.
Rangers lineup (probable):
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
PP2: Del Zotto-Girardi-Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello
Scratches: Carl Hagelin (shoulder), Jesper Fast (healthy), Justin Falk (healthy)
Game time is 10:30pm tonight. We are in for a long night. Don’t forget to check out New York Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.