Lineup Changes

Igor Shesterkin to start tomorrow as plan appears to be to shuttle back and forth with Hartford

Rookie netminder will leave Rangers with tough decisions if he plays well

Rookie goalie Igor Shesterkin, recalled this morning, will start tomorrow against Colorado. This was confirmed by David Quinn, and Henrik Lundqvist will be the backup. Alex Georgiev will be a scratch as the Rangers carry three goalies for the time being.

The Rangers have seven games (1/7, 1/9, 1/11, 1/13, 1/16, 1/19, 1/21) between now and their ten day break for the All Star Game and their bye week beginning on 1/22. The Hartford Wolf Pack play six times (1/8, 1/10, 1/11, 1/15, 1/17, 1/18) in that span. My guess is Shesterkin will go back and forth from Hartford while the Rangers rotate all three goalies evenly through this stretch.

Based on that, I think Shesterkin gets the following starts:

  • 1/7 (NHL)
  • 1/10 (AHL)
  • 1/13 (NHL)
  • 1/15 (AHL)
  • 1/17 (AHL)
  • 1/21 (NHL)

That leaves Hank and Georgiev to split the 1/9, 1/11, 1/16, and 1/19 starts, getting two a piece. Just an educated guess on my part though, nothing is confirmed.

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  • Let the re-build continue. Colorado, what a test that will be. There’s not much more he needs to prove in the AHL, I wish him all the best.

  • I seem to recall I saw something about Hank being under the weather the other night … so I wonder if that is somehow related to the call up and just fits with the idea of giving the kid a taste.

  • I hope Igor is prepared for the usual shooting gallery that awaits him. This Ranger team plays a really lousy defensive game and Igor will be tested, big time. The problem is not the goal-tenders, but the horrible sloppy play in the defensive zone. It’s time to see what this guy is made of.

  • i thought this at first also but the fact that Hank is backup and Georgie upstairs says Hank is good enough to go if need be,

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