The San Jose Sharks host the New York Rangers on Thursday, January 13. Prior to playing Detroit at home on Tuesday night, San Jose had played four straight games on the road with a 2-2 record. This will be New York’s final game of a three-game California road trip, splitting the first two games. 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 Picks and Prediction.
New York is allowing 2.5 goals per game, ranking fourth in the league. With Shesterkin in the COVID protocol, Alexander Georgiev has started the Rangers’ last four games, allowing two goals or less in three of his last four games. The Sharks are scoring 2.8 goals for 21st in the NHL. Timo Meier has been red hot for the Sharks in the last five games with eight points (two goals and six assists). I like the Rangers and the under 5.5 goals in this game because of their goaltending advantage.