New York Rangers lineup vs Sharks gets Zac Jones back in

The New York Rangers will look to rebound from their overtime loss to the Seattle Kraken on Thursday as they play game two of four on this western trip.

Head coach Gerard Gallant is basically running with the same lineup except for one change. Defenseman Zac Jones will be back in the lineup for Libor Hajek and be paired with Braden Schneider against the San Jose Sharks.

“That competition has been going on all year long and we like both of them,” Gerard Gallant said before the trip began. “We’re happy with our defense. Jonesy will get another a chance and when he does he just has to go play solid.”

Jones, 22, last played on November 8 in the team’s 4-3 loss to the Islanders at home. He has just two points in 11 games this season.

Here’s tonight’s game and broadcast info:

New York Rangers (8-6-4) vs. San Jose Sharks (6-10-3)
Date/Time: November 19, 2022 at 10:30 PM ET
Arena: SAP Center
TV: MSG
Radio: ESPN 98.7

New York Rangers lineup versus Sharks

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Jan 13, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Braden Schneider (45) celebrates with left wing Artemi Panarin (10) and defenseman Braden Schneider (45) after scoring a goal during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Igor Shesterkin gets the nod in goal as suspected. This season, he’s  8-2-3 with a GAA of 2.44 and a .914 save percentage.

For the 26 year-old goaltender’s career against the Sharks, he’s 3-0-1 with a GAA of 1.33 and a SV% of .961.

Here’s the projected lineup:

  • Kreider – Zibanejad – Vesey
  • Panarin – Trocheck – Goodrow
  • Lafrenière – Chytil – Kakko
  • Blais – Carpenter – Gauthier
  • Lindgren – Fox
  • Miller – Trouba
  • Jones – Schneider
  • Shesterkin
  • Halak

Vitali Kravtsov remains out of the lineup but continues to rotate during practice on the second line. He’e been cleared to play on this road trip. The 22 year-old has just 1 point in 6 games this year.

“I want to give these lines a chance to do it,” Gallant said of his forward lines. “We weren’t overly happy about the last game but let the kids bounce back and see how they do tonight.”

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