New York Rangers buzz: top players still missing tonight as Igor Shesterkin starts
February 14, 2020; Columbus, Ohio, United States; New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) skates for the puck against Columbus Blue Jackets right winger Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) in the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The list of key players tonight still features Jacob Trouba, Chris Kreider, Ryan Lindgren. Brett Howden is out for the season with a broken foot. The Blueshirts were a bit scared when Artemi Panarin missed practice but he will play tonight.
Rangers: 26-20-6 (58 pts)
Capitals: 32-14-5 (69 pts)
(7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2, Radio: ESPN 1050 AM)
Igor Shesterkin to face the shorthanded Capitals
Ranger rookie goaltender Igor Shesterkin will take his undefeated life record in tonight’s game with the Capitals. In three matches he is 3-0-0 with a stellar GAA of 1.67 and a sparkling SV%.
There have been a lot of changes posted by David Quinn in practice. We will mainly see Ryan Strome cross a line with Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafrenière tonight. Artemi Panarin will join Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich on the first unit.
In defense, it looks like Adam Fox and K’Andre Miller will be paired up. Of course, all of this is subject to change during the first period.
New York Rangers Pre-Game Notes
- All Time vs Capitals: 103-99-18-11 (57-44-9-5 at home; 46-55-9-6 on the road)
- The Rangers are one of six teams (and the only team in the MassMutual Division of the NHL East) that rank 10th or better in the NHL in goals per game and goals against per game this season.
- New York ranks 10th in the NHL for goals per game this season (3.19). The Rangers are on track to averaging at least 3.00 goals per game in two consecutive seasons for the first time since 1995-96 and 1996-97. Including team goals awarded for a shootout victory, the Rangers have scored three or more goals in each of their 26 wins in 2020-21.
- The Rangers are ninth in the NHL for goals against per game (2.63) and 13th in the NHL for shots on goal per game (29.2) this season. The Blueshirts are the only NHL team to have recorded at least 1,200 hits, 700 blocks and 350 takeaways in 2020-21.
Notes courtesy of NYR
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