by Patrick Hoffman on 10/19/09 at 11:55 AM ET
The New York Rangers will have their hands full when they take on the San Jose Sharks tonight at Madison Square Garden.
While the teams they have faced so far certainly cannot be considered slouches, (well, may be except for the Toronto Maple Leafs) tonight’s tilt will be a challenge considering the offense that the San Jose Sharks have. The Blueshirts will have to contain guys like Joe Thornton (2g, 11a), Dany Heatley (5g, 5a), Patrick Marleau (6g, 1a), Devon Setoguchi (5g, 1a), and Dan Boyle (1g, 6a).
This is a game where the Rangers will be not able to afford a lacksadasical effort. It might have worked against a team like the Los Angeles Kings or even for moments against the Leafs but if that happens tonight, the Sharks will more than likely make them pay for it.
However, let’s try and remember that the Rangers haven’t had too much trouble scoring this season. The team is getting contributions up and down the lineup and has been able to put the puck in the net at home, factors that could help tonight.
For more on tonight’s match-up against last year’s President’s Trophy winner, I suggest checking out Jim Cerny’s latest article on the team’s web site.
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