Sharks

Sharks

Programming note 
Sharks-Rangers coverage gets underway at 3:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California.

Where they stand
Sharks: 4-1-0, 8 points, 1st Pacific Division
Rangers: 3-2-1, 7 points, 2nd Metropolitan Division

The latest

Sharks: The Sharks conclude their four-game road trip tonight in Madison Square Garden. They dropped their first game on Saturday against the Islanders at Barclays Center, 6-3, as New York erased three separate one-goal Sharks leads. Alex Stalock took the loss in his first start.

Rangers: Yesterday afternoon, New Jersey’s Lee Stempniak scored in overtime beating the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, 2-1. Derek Stepan was the only goal scorer for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist allowed two goals on 24 shots.

Probable lines

Sharks
Nikolay Goldobin – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Tomas Hertl – Joel Ward
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels
Barclay Goodrow – Bryan Lerg – Mike Brown

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Brent Burns
Dylan DeMelo – Matt Tennyson

Martin Jones (confirmed starter)
Alex Stalock

Rangers
Rick Nash – Derek Stepan – Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider – Derick Brassard – Jesper Fast
Oscar Lindberg – Kevin Hayes – J.T. Miller
Viktor Stalberg – Dominic Moore – Jarret Stoll

Ryan McDonagh – Kevin Klein
Keith Yandle – Dan Girardi
Marc Staal – Dan Boyle

Antti Raanta (confirmed starter)
Henrik Lundqvist

Vitals

Sharks
Goals per game: 3.20 (8th)
Goals-against per game: 1.60 (2nd)
Power play: 17.6 percent (19th)
Penalty kill: 90.0 percent (4th)

 

Rangers
Goals per game: 2.33 (T-19th)
Goals-against per game: 2.50 (T-13th)
Power play: 6.3 percent (26th)
Penalty kill: 83.3 percent (13th)

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Brent Burns. The Sharks defenseman was sloppy with the puck minus regular partner Paul Martin on Saturday, finishing with a -3 rating. After a dominant first four games in which he looked like a borderline Norris Trophy candidate, Burns will have to be better against the Rangers as Martin is still out.

Rangers: Oscar Lindberg. A former second round pick of the Coyotes, the 23-year-old became the first Rangers rookie to score a goal in New York’s first three games of the season. In six games, he has a team-leading 5 points (4g, 1a).

Injuries/Scratches

Sharks: Joonas Donskoi (lower body), Ben Smith (upper body), Paul Martin (lower body) and Logan Couture (fractured right fibula) are out.

Rangers: None.

Season series

The Sharks and Rangers don’t meet again until March 19 at SAP Center.

Odds and ends

*Bryan Lerg was recalled from the Barracuda on Sunday. In his first three AHL games this season, Lerg, the captain of the Barracuda, has 2 goals.