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Rangers Return Home to Face the Sharks

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

After a quick one-game road trip to the midwest, the Rangers return home Monday night to face the unbeaten San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers did just about everything right Saturday night in St. Louis and probably deserved a better fate than the 3-2 defeat it left with. New York outshot the Blues 15-0 in the third period but were unable to solve Carter Hutton, who was strong in his first start of the season.

Both Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad scored a goal and an assist to bring their totals to four points in two games.

Despite the loss, the Rangers were pleased with the effort, if not the outcome, especially at this stage in the early season.

"I like to look at it early on your trying to work out kinks," Ryan McDonagh said after Saturday's game. 

The Rangers will be without both Dan Girardi (groin strain) and Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms) against the Sharks. Dylan McIlrath will take Girardi's place, while Josh Jooris will play in his first game as a Ranger in place of Buchnevich.

Antti Raanta will make his first start of the season for the Rangers.

The Rangers split last seasons two games with the Sharks, winning the home portion nearly a year ago on Oct. 19, 2015. That day, backup goaltender Antti Raanta pitched a 27-save shutout at Madison Square Garden. In fact, the Rangers collectively have back-to-back home shutouts against San Jose dating back to the 2013-14 season.

San Jose took the second game in San Jose.

The Sharks enter Monday's game with two wins in two games this season over Los Angeles and Columbus. The usual suspects for San Jose are leading the way thus far, with defenseman Brent Burns and Logan Couture already with three points in two games, followed by Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau with one each.

Monday's game marks the second stop on a five-game east trip for San Jose, with stops to come in Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

Rangers vs. Sharks

7 pm at Madison Square Garden

Watch live on MSG Network

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