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San Jose Sharks vs New York Rangers 10-11-18 FREE NHL Pick, Prediction, and Odds

San Jose Sharks (2-2) at New York Rangers (0-3)

NHL Hockey: Thursday October 11th 2018 at 7:05 PM EDT (Madison Square Garden)

Line & Odds: San Jose Sharks -175

Over/Under: 6

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This game features the defensively stacked San Jose Sharks vs the original six New York Rangers. The Sharks are in the conversation to raise Lord Stanley this season after picking up one of the best defenseman in the game Erik Karlsson. San Jose defensive game is way off the charts now as Karlsson joins Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic for some blue line action. With the right mix of veterans in Joe Pavelski and young talent like Timo Meier, this team is making a strong case to get to the finals. Meanwhile, the Rangers are heading in the opposite direction. After having a huge drop off in points last season, this team is still looking for its first win of the season. New York is probably going to continue to rebuild this year and hoping the puck will bounce in their favor once again soon. Thursday’s goalies are Aaron Dell vs Henrik Lundqvist. 

The San Jose Sharks have had an interesting start to the 2018-2019 season. Team teal lost 5-2, in their home opener to the Anaheim Ducks, despite outplaying them for most of the game. The Ducks simply scored on the few chances they had in the game, while the Sharks failed to score on their grade A chances and power play opportunities. The Sharks would beat the rival Los Angeles Kings, 3-2 in overtime, in what was a hard fought, evenly matched game. Then San Jose got shut out by the lowly New York Islanders, 4-0, and just couldn’t find the net. The Sharks took their frustrations out on the Philadelphia Flyers, who took a 8-2, seek and destroy loss from team teal.

You Sharks fans can enjoy that Shark head, Metallica reference. Anyway, the Sharks know that they have great depth in the forwards and defenseman, and right now they are still trying to see how it can all swim together. The power play is an early struggle in the season and is a work in progress. The team managed to get two power play goals against the Flyers and expect that confidence to continue against the Rangers. Aaron Dell was solid against Philly, making 31 saves, and stirring up an early season starting goalie competition with Martin Jones. Look for Evander Kane to light the lamp for the Sharks in this one as he already has four goals on the season. Also, Karlsson might be able to get some good blue line looks against the Rangers and light the lamp for the first time this season. 

The New York Rangers are off to a slow start this season. They had a tough home opener loss to the elite Nashville Predators. Then New York met the brick wall of the Sabres goalie Carter Hutton, who made 43 saves on the Rangers 44 shots on net. The Rangers showed depth with the amount of shots they put on net, but just couldn’t get it done. Then came the game against the Carolina Hurricanes where the wheels fell off for New York. The Rangers put Alexandar Georgiev in net and he gave up seven goals. New York had the goals flowing in this game and scored five times.

Most nights five goals would be enough for a victory, but it doesn’t help that your backup/potential goalie of the future, puts together a performance like that. King Henrik has been the face of this team for awhile and you know seeing his team get rolled wasn’t fun for him. The good news is that the Rangers again showed depth scoring. In the loss to the Hurricanes, New York had 11 different players pick up points and that’s what you want to see early in the season. Team chemistry can go a long way, especially when a team is trying to rebuild. Jimmy Vesey and Chris Kreider are coming off a two goal game and will look to keep that going against San Jose.

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So you have two teams coming off of high scoring games. The Sharks attacked early and often against the Flyers, to cruise to a 8-2 win over Philly. The Rangers kept up with the Hurricanes through two periods, then were outscored 4-1 in the third, and went on to lose 8-5. San Jose finally got their powerplay going and look for them to continue to light the lamp on special teams. New York needs to have better starts and stop playing from behind;they are back at home and need to take control early, if they want to win this game. The Sharks will take control of this game in the second period and beat the Rangers 4-2.

Pick: San Jose Sharks -175

Michael Garaventa
Michael Garaventa
Michael is a diehard Bay Area Sports Fan. He loves the San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks, Golden State Warriors, and San Francisco 49ers. He has expert knowledge of the MLB, NHL, and NBA. He attended San Francisco State University and graduated in 2015 with a degree in broadcasting. At SFSU, he had a sports radio show, wrote for the KSFS sports page, and also ran Cross Country for the Gators.