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It’s an interconference battle on the ice in the Big Apple at one of the most famous arenas in the world. The San Jose Sharks are on the road as they take on the New York Rangers Friday night. San Jose comes in off a 2-1 overtime road win over the Islanders Thursday night in their previous contest. New York comes in off a 4-1 home victory over the Flyers on Wednesday night in their most recent game. In the last 10 meetings, the Rangers own a 7-2-1 advantage and have won the last five meetings between these teams. That includes a 3-2 home victory in the most recent matchup on February 22, 2020.
San Jose Sharks Go for Big Apple Sweep
San Jose needed extra time but picked up the road victory over the Islanders, dropping the team from Long Island to 0-4-1 at their new barn, the UBS Arena, Thursday night. The Sharks entered late Thursday night fourth in the Pacific Division, five points behind the Oilers for the division lead and two back of the Ducks for the final guaranteed playoff spot. They did own the top wild card spot in the Western Conference. San Jose is 23rd in the league in goals for as they average 2.70 goals per contest. The Sharks are ninth in goals against as they allow an average of 2.57 goals per contest. San Jose stands 17th in the league in success with the man advantage as they have cashed in on 17.5% of their power play chances this season. The Sharks are 2nd in penalty killing as they have successfully navigated 88.1% of their shorthanded situations on the year.
Against the Islanders, goals were hard to come by though in the end, they did just enough to come up with the victory. The opening period saw San Jose hold a 12-9 edge in shots on goal and they skated off tied at one after 20 minutes of play. After falling behind 1-0 early in the stanza, Nick Bonino tied the game with his third of the year at 9:10 off assists from Timo Meier and Jonathan Dahlen. The second period saw the Sharks with a 15-8 shot advantage with neither side denting the twine, leaving the game even at one after two periods of action. In the third period, the shots were even at seven with neither side scoring, keeping things even at the end of regulation. During the overtime period, San Jose saw the shots even but their shot found the back of the net and gave the Sharks the victory. Erik Karlsson scored the winner, his fifth of the year, at the 39-second mark, off assists from Logan Couture and Meier. Adin Hill made 24 saves for the Sharks, who held a 35-25 shot advantage, in the victory. James Reimer is slated to be between the pipes here.