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SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California  Attendance: 17,562

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New York Rangers at San Jose Sharks

  1. The Rangers fell to the Kings, 4-3, in Los Angeles. New York is 0-6-1 (.071) when allowing three or more goals this season, the third worst mark in the league.
  2. The Sharks took down the Ducks, 4-3 in overtime, in Anaheim on Sunday. San Jose is 4-0-1 (.900) in its last five games. The Sharks' first-period goal differential (+9) is the best in the NHL.
  3. The three goals scored by the Rangers in their loss to the Kings were scored by Vladislav Namestnikov, Tony DeAngelo, and Ryan Spooner. Each goal was the player's first of the season.
  4. Timo Meier scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Ducks, his second goal of the game. Meier and teammate Brent Burns, who had one assist on Sunday, are both riding eight-game point streaks, tied for the second-longest active streak in league (Aho, Car: 11 games).
  5. The Rangers have allowed 4.6 goals against per game on the road this season, second-worst mark in the league among teams who have played multiple road games. The Sharks have scored nine goals in their last two home games.
  6. The Rangers defeated the Sharks, 3-2 in overtime, in New York on October 11. It was the second win for the Rangers over the Sharks in the calendar year. New York has defeated San Jose three times in a calendar year just once (1993).

The San Jose Sharks' early-season schedule included two trips to the East Coast. And while the campaign is less than a month old, coach Peter DeBoer is pleased with the results so far.

Looking to continue that success on the West Coast, the Sharks kick off an extended stretch at home on Tuesday night when they meet the struggling New York Rangers for the final time this season.

San Jose (6-3-2) went 2-2-1 on a trip that included its annual visit to the New York metro area from Oct. 5-14, and an overtime loss to New York at Madison Square Garden. The Sharks are back at SAP Center after a 2-0-1 swing that featured a win over the Nashville Predators and an overtime loss to the surprising Carolina Hurricanes last week.

Over the last five games, the Sharks have picked up nine of a possible 10 points to move atop the Pacific Division.

"I don't know if anyone's has a tougher schedule to start than us," DeBoer said after Sunday's 4-3 overtime victory against the Anaheim Ducks. "We're finding our way. We're finding our identity as a team. We know what our good games look like, what's working for us. I like where we're at."

Center Timo Meier scored his second goal of the game 2:12 into the extra session. He's collected five goals during a four-game streak, and has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in an eight-game run.

"We had a tough schedule the last week. We stuck with it, we stayed positive and got two huge points," Meier, who already has eight goals after registering a career-high 21 last season.

Defenseman Brent Burns also extended his points streak to eight games with an assist Sunday. The Norris Trophy winner has scored all 13 of his points (two goals, 11 assists) during his streak.

San Jose has played only three home games, winning its last two there by a combined score of 9-2. The Sharks play 10 of their next 12 games in Silicon Valley.

The Rangers dropped to 0-2-0 on a four-game road trip after falling 4-3 to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. New York (3-7-1), which squandered a two-goal lead, tied it in the third period before allowing Alec Martinez's goal with 55 seconds to play.

"At the end of the day, we've got to stop beating ourselves," first-year coach David Quinn said. "It's hard enough in this league to beat teams without beating yourself."

On Oct. 11, the Rangers erased a pair of one-goal deficits and topped the Sharks, 3-2, on Brady Skjei's goal 37 seconds into overtime.

The defenseman has managed only two helpers in seven games since then, but he's collected five points in two career games at SAP Center. Skjei scored short-handed and tacked on an assist in New York's 6-5 win last Jan. 25 in San Jose.

Since beating the Sharks earlier this month, the Rangers are 2-4-1 and have given up four goals four times. Henrik Lundqvist is 0-3-1 with a 3.74 goals-against average after besting the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 16.

He will most likely be in goal as New York looks to win back-to-back games at the Shark Tank since 2001 and 2002.

"It doesn't get any easier," Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello told the team's official website. "We've just got to stay positive and back each other up. We'll stay a team."

Updated October 30, 2018

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