NY Rangers Game 23: Life without Igor

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Life without Igor Shesterkin begins today and will last at least a week, as he was placed on IR this morning. This is the Alex Georgiev show right now, and sometimes knowing you need to step up is all you need to get out of a slump. He just needs to make the saves an NHL caliber goalie should make. If he does that for a period, we will see the body language and demeanor change. After that, he will be fine.

Naturally, the Rangers need to step up too. It’s not their potential Vezina candidate in net, and he’s had some confidence issues to boot. That means putting up more than one goal against a clearly inferior team. This is also the second of a back to back. I’m counting on some giddyup in their step tonight, accounting for the loss of Shesterkin.

Hawks Lines

Brandon Hagel-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane
Alex Debrincat-Kirby Dach-Dylan Strome
Dominik Kubalik-Henrik Borgstrom-Jujhar Khaira
Mike Hardman-Josiah Slavin-Ryan Carpenter

Erik Gustaffson-Seth Jones
Jake McCabe-Connor Murphy
Wyatt Kalynuk-Caleb Jones

Kevin Lankinen gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Kaapo Kakko
Artemiy Panarin-Ryan StromeDryden Hunt
Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Julien Gauthier
Barclay Goodrow–Kevin RooneyRyan Reaves

Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
K’Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba
Patrik Nemeth-Nils Lundkvist

PP1: Strome-Zibanejad-Panarin-Kreider-Fox
PP2: Lafreniere-Chytil-Blais-Kakko-Trouba

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/InjuriesSammy Blais (knee – done for season), Igor Shesterkin (lower body – IR), Jarred  Tinordi (healthy), Libor Hajek (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Shutout for Georgiev.

Game time is 8pm.