SAN JOSE, Calif. — Igor Shesterkin has not had a full observe since Jan. 5, has not performed since Jan. 2 and was simply cleared from COVID-19 protocol Thursday morning after being sidelined for 3 video games over the previous week.
But all indicators level to Shesterkin getting the task for the Rangers’ match towards the Sharks on Thursday night time as soon as he was the primary goaltender off the ice on the morning skate. Alexandar Georgiev acquired further work whereas staying on with the spares and taxi squad.
“I believe everytime you see a man who has the affect that he does on our staff it provides everybody slightly jolt,” Adam Fox stated of Shesterkin’s return. “Georgie has performed actually, rather well and we now have confidence in both a type of two.
“However you see what Igor can do and everytime you get an everyday again, and somebody like him, it could actually clearly increase the staff slightly bit.”
Shesterkin had began solely three of the Rangers’ final 15 video games since struggling a groin damage throughout the third interval of a 1-0 victory over the Sharks on the Backyard on Dec. 3. The 26-year-old Russian missed eight video games rehabbing, returned for the primary of three straight begins on Dec. 29 and backed up one recreation earlier than testing optimistic final week.
“I don’t suppose he will get sufficient consideration,” appearing coach Kris Knoblauch stated of Shesterkin. “In New York he does, however across the NHL once you speak in regards to the elite goalies within the league, perhaps he will get talked about every so often however he needs to be talked about in that dialog on a regular basis.”
Georgiev, coming off a run of 4 straight begins for the primary time in his NHL profession, recorded a 5-4-1 document with a .931 save proportion and a pair of.06 goals-against common in 10 begins and 11 appearances since Shesterkin was first sidelined early final month.
Ryan Reaves and Julien Gauthier remained in COVID-19 protocol, and each missed a 3rd straight recreation. Barclay Goodrow missed a second match whereas on the restricted checklist, as did head coach Gerard Gallant.
Dryden Hunt joined the staff for the morning skate, however the winger remained on injured reserve with the upper-body damage he sustained in Las Vegas on Jan. 6. Hunt is eligible for reinstatement for Saturday’s match in Philadelphia that marks the top of this five-game journey.
The Rangers gained 214 of 405 attracts (52.8 p.c) over their previous 9 video games getting into Thursday and had climbed to twenty fifth within the NHL in faceoff effectivity at 47.7 p.c. Mika Zibanejad gained 93 of his 154 attracts over that stretch for 60.3 p.c, elevating his season work on the dots to 51.8 p.c.
Justin Richards joined the taxi squad on Thursday.