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Preview: Sharks at Rangers

New York missing injured Dan Girardi, Pavel Buchnevich, starting Antti Raanta in goal; San Jose goes for third straight win

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

SHARKS (2-0-0) at RANGERS (1-1-0)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, CSN-CA, NHL.TV

 

Sharks team scope

San Jose will use the same lineup from its first two games, one-goal wins against the Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets, which means goaltender Martin Jones will make his third straight start. Jones has allowed three goals on 50 shots in winning his first two starts. He has a 1.50 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said he expects rookie goalie Aaron Dell to make his NHL debut against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Tuesday. The Sharks have five goals on 69 shots, including two goals on the power play, in the first two games. DeBoer said he'd like to see his players bear down more on scoring chances in order to give Jones a bigger cushion to work with. "I'm confident it's going to happen," he said. "We're getting a lot of good looks." DeBoer said he felt the Sharks were "sloppy with the lead" in their 3-2 win against the Blue Jackets on Saturday. The Sharks had a 2-0 lead and a 29-14 edge in shots on goal through the first two periods, but they were outscored 2-1 and outshot 14-9 in the third. "I think we've created enough chances through the first two games to get three or four a night," DeBoer said. "Those will eventually go in. You're not going to keep some of the guys off the scoresheet that have been off so far for us." The Sharks' top line of Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl have combined for no goals and two assists.

 

Rangers team scope

Goalie Antti Raanta, defenseman Dylan McIlrath and center Josh Jooris will make their season debuts Monday. Raanta will start after backing up Henrik Lundqvist in the first two games. He also made his season debut against the Sharks last season, when he had a 22-save shutout in a 4-0 win at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 19. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said his goal is to keep Lundqvist to under 60 starts this season so he's fresh for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "The goaltenders that seem to be having playoff success are the ones below 60, in that 55 range in an ideal world," Vigneault said. "When we looked at our schedule to start the season this is one of the games that we had slotted Antti playing and we haven't changed our mind." McIlrath is in for Dan Girardi, who is day to day with a hip flexor injury. Girardi was injured in the Rangers' 3-2 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Jooris is in for rookie forward Pavel Buchnevich, who will miss the game because of back spasms. Vigneault said he might use Jooris on the penalty kill. 

 

Sharks projected lineup

Tomas Hertl -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Mikkel Boedker -- Logan Couture -- Joonas Donskoi

Patrick Marleau -- Chris Tierney -- Joel Ward

Matt Nieto -- Tommy Wingels -- Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Dylan DeMelo, Micheal Haley, Ryan Carpenter

Injured: None

 

Rangers projected lineup

Jimmy Vesey -- Derek Stepan -- Mats Zuccarello

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Rick Nash

J.T. Miller -- Kevin Hayes -- Jesper Fast

Michael Grabner -- Josh Jooris -- Brandon Pirri

Ryan McDonagh -- Nick Holden

Marc Staal -- Adam Clendening

Brady Skjei -- Dylan McIlrath

Antti Raanta

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: None

Injured: Dan Girardi (hip flexor), Kevin Klein (back spasms), Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms)

 

Status report

Klein will miss his third straight game because of back spasms. He practiced Monday and is expected to practice again Tuesday. Klein could make his season debut against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV). … The Sharks are playing their second game in a five-game road trip. They also have a six-game road trip next month (Nov. 8-19). Those are their two longest road trips of the season. … Raanta has a 0.46 goals-against average and .978 save percentage in three career games against the Sharks. 

 

Who's hot

The Rangers' second line of Kreider, Zibanejad and Buchnevich has combined for three goals and six assists in two games. Kreider and Zibanejad are tied for the Rangers lead with four points. … Couture and Burns each have a goal and two assists through two games.

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