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Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin’s return ‘gives everyone a little jolt’

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SAN JOSE, California – Igor Shesterkin hasn’t fully trained since Jan. 5, hasn’t played since Jan. 2, and was cleared of the COVID-19 protocol on Thursday morning after missing three games last week.

Still, all signs point to Shesterkin being handed over to Rangers ’game against the Sharks on Thursday night, once he was the first goalkeeper to fall off the ice on a morning skate. Alexander Georgiev stayed in the group of spare parts and taxis and got extra work.

“I think when you see a guy who always makes an impact on our team, it makes everyone a little excited,” Adam Fox said of Shesterkin’s return. “George played really well and we believe in one of the two.

“But you’ll see what Igor can do, and if you always come back regularly and someone like him can strengthen the team a little bit.”

Igor Shesterkin was cleared of the COVID protocol on Thursday morning.

Shesterkin was injured in just three of Rangers’ last 15 games in the third half of their 1-0 win over the Sharks in the Gardens on December 3. He returned for the first of three direct starts on Dec. 29 and backed one game before a positive test last week.

“I don’t think he gets enough attention,” acting coach Chris Knoblauch said of Shesterkin. “He does that in New York, but when he talks about the elite goalkeepers in the league around the NHL, he’s mentioned from time to time, but he should always be remembered in conversation.”

For the first time in his NHL career, Georgiev has played four games in a row, setting a 5-4-1 record for the first time since Shesterkin was sent off, with 931 saves and 2.06 goals – an average of 10 games and 11 assists. ‘yinda. at the beginning of last month.


Ryan Reaves and Julien Gotier remained in the COVID-19 protocol and both missed the third game. Barclay Goodro missed the second game on a limited list like head coach Gerard Gallan.

Dryden Hunt joined the team to fly in the morning skates, but the winger was left on the bench with an injury to his upper back that he suffered on Jan. 6 in Las Vegas. Hunt has the right to recover in Saturday’s game in Philadelphia. – Game trip.


The Rangers have won 214 (52.8 percent) of their 405 draws in their last nine games on Thursday, moving up to 25th in the NHL with 47.7 percent efficiency. Mika Zibanejad has won 93 of his 154 draws, boosting his career by 60.3% and his season by 51.8%.


Justin Richards joined the group of taxi drivers on Thursday.

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