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San Jose goaltender Dell making second straight start; Shattenkirk healthy scratch for New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

SHARKS (2-2-0) at RANGERS (0-3-0)



The Game

Goaltender Aaron Dell will make his second straight start for the San Jose Sharks, who will try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Dell made 31 saves in an 8-2 win at the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Martin Jones started San Jose's first three games and allowed nine goals on 64 shots (.859 save percentage).

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said the plan from the beginning was for Dell to play in at least two of San Jose's first six games. 

Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will be a healthy scratch. Shattenkirk, who played 7:29 of ice time in an 8-5 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, missed the final 36 games last season following knee surgery.

The Rangers are trying to avoid losing their first four games in a season for the first time since 1998-99, when they started 0-4-1.


Players to watch

Sharks center Joe Pavelski needs one point to reach 700 in the NHL. He has 319 goals and 380 assists in 892 games, all with San Jose.

Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich, who is moving from right wing to left wing, has two goals in three games.


They said it

"Right from the opening face-off in Philadelphia we took the game over. … That's the type of team we can be. I think it was nice that everybody saw that and it just kind of re-instilled that confidence that we have." -- Sharks forward Evander Kane

"If you were sitting and hearing our conversations, this is not a, 'Are you kidding me' type of conversation. We've talked through this. [Shattenkirk] is going right back in on Saturday. This is part of him getting back to where he needs to be." -- Rangers coach David Quinn


Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Joe Pavelski -- Kevin Labanc

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Timo Meier

Marcus Sorensen -- Antti Suomela -- Joonas Donskoi

Barclay Goodrow -- Rourke Chartier -- Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Justin Braun

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Dylan Gambrell, Radim Simek, Tim Heed

Injured: Joe Thornton (knee)


Rangers projected lineup

Pavel Buchnevich -- Mika Zibanejad -- Jesper Fast

Jimmy Vesey -- Kevin Hayes -- Ryan Spooner

Chris Kreider -- Brett Howden -- Mats Zuccarello

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Filip Chytil -- Vinni Lettieri

Brady Skjei -- Adam McQuaid

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Fredrik Claesson -- Brendan Smith

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Kevin Shattenkirk, Neal Pionk, Cody McLeod

Injured: Matt Beleskey (shoulder), Boo Nieves (concussion)


Status report

Pionk will be scratched for the first time in his NHL career. He played in the final 28 games last season after being recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League and the first three games this season. … Claesson, who signed a one-year contract on July 1, will make his Rangers debut.


Stat pack

Labanc had four assists against the Flyers on Tuesday. ... New York has been outscored 14-8 in its first three games.

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