WASHINGTON — Whereas Gerard Gallant has made it clear he’ll seek the advice of Rangers director of goaltending Benoit Allaire relating to the right way to deploy the staff’s goalies, the brand new coach stated he doesn’t anticipate taking part in Igor Shesterkin or Alexandar Georgiev in lots of back-to-back video games this season — like the primary two contests of the season Wednesday and Thursday.
So contemplating Georgiev bought the beginning nod within the Rangers’ season-opening 5-1 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday night time at Capital One Enviornment, Gallant stated it was a secure guess that Shesterkin will probably be in internet towards the Stars on Thursday at Madison Sq. Backyard.
“Clearly, you bought back-to-back video games,” Gallant stated after the loss. “I believe Georgie performed actual nicely, I don’t suppose there’s any challenge with the targets with Georgie. Shesty will most likely play [Thursday].”
Georgiev gave up 5 targets on 27 pictures on Wednesday, three of which got here on the Capitals’ energy play.
Barclay Goodrow, Sammy Blais, Dryden Hunt, Jarred Tinordi and Patrik Nemeth all made their Rangers debuts.
Hunt skated on the fourth line subsequent to Kevin Rooney and Ryan Reaves, whereas Tinordi slotted within the third defensive pairing to the left of Nemeth. Blais lined up on the third unit subsequent to Goodrow and Filip Chytil.
Gallant stated a variety of thought went into the Rangers naming six alternate captains, as a substitute of sewing the “C” on the sweater of only one participant. 5 of the six gamers anointed to the Blueshirts’ management group are veterans of the staff, whereas Goodrow earned the distinction after lower than three months with the group.
“Barclay has received two Stanley Cups not too long ago, he’s a personality man and I bought to know him just a little bit in coaching camp, talked to different folks, coaches about him,” Gallant stated earlier than the sport. “It was robust selections clearly and it took us a protracted whereas, however he’s a good selection for certain.”
Goodrow, who signed a six-year deal only a few days after the Lightning traded his free agent signing rights to the Rangers in July, received 5 of seven faceoffs within the season-opening loss. He additionally posted two pictures on aim in 15:33 of ice time.
“It’s going to be fairly particular,” Goodrow stated of sporting the “A.” “Clearly, an Unique Six staff with plenty of historical past, fairly particular metropolis to play for. It’s going to be an enormous honor to placed on the jersey for the primary time tonight.”
The 28-year-old Goodrow added it was “just a little bizarre” to look at Tampa Bay’s season-opening sport towards the Penguins Tuesday night time. The Lightning raised their 2020-21 Stanley Cup championship banner throughout a pregame ceremony, although Goodrow stated he hasn’t acquired his ring but.
Requested if he was shocked to obtain the “A,” Goodrow stated he wasn’t.
“I used to be introduced right here to be a pacesetter,” he stated. “I don’t suppose a letter on the jersey modifications a lot, I’ll nonetheless have the identical mindset, nonetheless play the identical sport I’ve at all times performed. Identical to to be a man that may reply some questions from the youthful guys and be a optimistic affect for them.”