The San Jose Sharks host the New York Rangers on Thursday, January 13th. Before playing Detroit at home on Tuesday night, San Jose had played four straight games on the road going 2-2. This will be New York’s final game of a three-game trip through California, splitting the first two game. The Sharks are 20-16-1 in third place in the Pacific Division with 41 points. The Rangers are 23-10-4 and tied for first place in the Metropolitan Division with 50 points. The teams met in early December at Madison Square Garden with the Rangers winning 1-0 behind 19 saves from Igor Shesterkin and a goal from Ryan Strome. Overall New York has won the last six meetings against the Sharks.
New York Rangers Vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Odds
The Rangers are 1-6 in their last seven Thursday games. Under is 7-0-1 in New York’s last eight games vs. Western Conference foes. The Rangers opened the season +2200 to win the Stanley Cup but is currently listed at +2500 to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. Under is 13-4 in the Sharks last 17 games vs. teams from the Metropolitan Division. Under is 4-1 in the Sharks last five games following a win; they beat the Red Wings on Tuesday evening.
New York Rangers Betting Odds
The Rangers lost their last game 3-1 on the road to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, January 10th. New York was sloppy in front of their own net after saves by Alexander Georgiev and couldn’t clear rebounds thus causing Los Angeles to take an early 2-0 lead. The Ranges scored in the third to cut the lead down to 2-1, but New York couldn’t get the equalizing goal as Los Angeles scored an empty net goal to wrap up the game.
The Rangers star winger, Artemi Panarin whose tied for the team lead in points with 36 (10 goals and 26 points) returned to the Rangers lineup against the Kings on Monday night after being in the NHL’s health and safety protocols. “The Bread Man,” a perennial Hart Trophy candidate is a wizard with the puck able to see the ice at an elite level and score in any situation. Mika Zibanejad has 13 goals and 20 assists placing him second on the team in scoring with 33 points. In his 11th season, he scored New York’s only goal in the loss to the Kings; he’s scored five goals in his last five contests. Left wing Chris Krieder, a plus four on the season, leads the Rangers in goals with 21.
Defending Norris Trophy winner, Adam Fox is the real deal at age 23. He’s a tremendous skater, reminding me of Duncan Keith with a Paul Coffey like ability to move the puck and be involved offensively. He’s tied for the team lead in points with 36 (five goals and 31 assists). Fox is +400 to repeat as the Norris Trophy winner. I can see him being the captain of the Rangers in his career. Jacob Trouba has been tremendous this season, blocking an incredible 82 shots this season. He’s chipped in 16 points while averaging 22:26 of ice time per game for the Blueshirts.
Igor Shesterkin entered COVID-19 protocol on Thursday, January 6th, he’s expected back in the lineup soon. On the season, he’s 15-4-2 with a .936 save percentage and a 2.09 goals GAA. Shesterkin is currently +450 to win the Vezina Trophy.
The Rangers are a good hockey team, I see this team potentially making a deep run into the playoffs, but as I’ve said to a close friend in New York who’s a die-hard Rangers fan, take it easy it’s only January there’s a long way to go until the parade down the Canyon of Heroes.
San Jose Sharks Betting Odds
On Tuesday night, the Sharks returned home to face-off against the Detroit Red Wings after playing their last four games on the road. Logan Couture, the Sharks captain was back in the lineup after being in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol and scored the game-winning goal as San Jose beat Detroit 3-2 in overtime. The Sharks are now 6-0 in overtime this season.
Timo Meier leads the Sharks in scoring with 39 points (15 goals and 24 assists). In his sixth season, Meier has five game winning goals this season. He’s a plus 13, which leads the club. Thomas Hertl leads San Jose in goals with 20 in 37 games this season. He has four goals in his last three games: including a hat trick vs. Philadelphia on January 8th. In 540 career games, Hertl has scored 171 goals: averaging 19 goals per season. Logan Couture is third on the team in scoring with 30 points (13 goals and 17 assists). He’s scored at least 25 goals in six of his 13 seasons with the Sharks.
The Sharks blueline is anchored by two former Norris Trophy winners in Brent Burns (2017) and Erik Karlsson (2012 and 2015). Burns leads the defense in scoring with 23 points and is a plus two this season. He’s also had three assists in each of his last two games. Erik Karlsson returned to the lineup against Detroit after missing Saturday’s game vs. the Flyers due to injury. On the season, Karlsson has 22 points (8 goals and 14 assists). He has scored two game winning goals in 2021-22. Mario Ferraro has been unbelievable for San Jose with 98 blocked shots and 73 hits in 33 games. He averages 24:01 of ice time per game.
Goalie James Reimer who’s won 11 games with a 2.68 GAA was placed on injured reserve this past weekend due to a lower body injury. Adin Hill will get most of the time in net with Reimer out. He has won nine games this season (including Tuesday against Detroit) with .903 save percentage this season.
New York Rangers Vs. San Jose Sharks Picks & Prediction
New York is allowing 2.5 goals per game ranking them fourth in the league. With Shesterkin in COVID protocols, Alexander Georgiev has started the last four contests for the Rangers, allowing two goals or less in three out of his last four games. The Sharks are scoring 2.8 goals per which is 21st in the NHL. Timo Meier has been red-hot for Sharks in the last five games with eight points (two goals and six assists). I like the Rangers and the under of 5.5 goals in this matchup due to their advantage in goal.