Rangers vs Sharks by the numbers: Gallant looking for a better effort

The New York Rangers will face the San Jose Sharks for the first time this season. It’s also the second contest of the longest home stand of the season so far (3 games versus the Flyers [W], Sharks, and Blackhawks).

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 14-4-3 (31 POINTS)
SJS: 13-9-1 (27 POINTS)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2021 – 7:00 PM ET, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
TV: MSG
RADIO: ESPN 98.7 FM

Rangers last game: 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers

RANGERS VS. SHARKS

All-Time: 29-10-3-1 (14-5-1-0 at home; 15-5-2-1 on the road)

The Rangers play the middle game of a three-game home stand and are on a four game winning streak. They’ve also won six straight at home which is tied for longest in the NHL this season.

This will be the first time these two teams have met since February 22, 2020, a 3-2 Rangers win at MSG.

Head coach Gerard Gallant will speak to the media at around 5 PM.

Rangers that can net the Sharks:

Artemi Panarin – 11 GP, 6G-8A=14 PTS – Panarin has seven points (3G-4A) in his last three games against the Sharks and is a cumulative plus-6 in those three games. On December 12, 2019, Panarin recorded a hat trick against the Sharks in San Jose. Panarin has a point in seven of his 11 career games against the Sharks.

Chris Kreider – 12 GP, 4G-6A=10 PTS – Kreider has a point in three of his last four games (2G-3A) against the Sharks and a multi-point game in two of his last three games (2G-2A). Kreider has a multi-point game in four of 12 matchups with San Jose.

Mika Zibanejad – 13GP, 6G-3A=9 PTS – Zibanejad has points in three-straight games (3G-1A) and goals (3) in back- to-back games against the Sharks.

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

rangers vs sharks
Feb 26, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Julien Gauthier #12 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal at 13:16 of the first period against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers by the numbers

Home Cooking: The Blueshirts on a six game win streak at home. They’ve also picked up points in seven of eight home games (6-1-1).

Point Getters: The Blueshirts have at least one point in 17 of their 21 games this season.

Key Rangers:

Igor Shesterkin won his only career start against SJ (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, 44/46 SAVES)

Jacob Trouba has a point in six of his last nine games (4G – 3A)

Adam Fox is tied for second among defensemen in the NHL for scoring with 22 points

Rangers vs Sharks Stats
NYR vs Sharks Matchup (The Daily Goal Horn)

Rangers Milestones within reach

Mika Zibanejad is 1 overtime goal away from tying Cecil Dillon, Butch Keeling and Brian Leetch (7 each) for the most overtime goals by a player in Rangers history.

Artemi Panarin is 4 points away from 500 career points.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at 21.3%
  • NYR PK is working at 81.5%

*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • Get shots through – the Sharks do a great job of blocking shots
  • Make the most of your power plays, SJ has the #2 ranked PK
  • Getting a lead against SJ is the best way to play them

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