Igor Shesterkin will make his NHL debut for the New York Rangers against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
Shesterkin was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Monday, giving the Rangers three goalies including Henrik Lundqvist and Alexandar Georgiev. Lundqvist will be the backup to Shesterkin against Colorado. Georgiev will be a healthy scratch.
Shesterkin is 15-4-3 with a 1.93 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and three shutouts in 23 games with Hartford.
Nathan MacKinnon will play in his 500th NHL game, all with the Avalanche, who lost 1-0 to the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Monday. They are 4-6-1 in 11 games since Dec. 16.
The Rangers have lost three in a row, all on the road in regulation.
Players to watch
Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanenhas five points (four goals, one assist) in his past four games, but he was held without a shot on goal against the Islanders.
Rangers forward Chris Kreider has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past 13 games.
They said it
"The couple short losing streaks that we had I would say some of our defending details weren't good and that we weren't as committed as what we need to be on the defending side of things. But I think recently we played pretty well defensively, even [Monday night]. … We've got to take that into [Tuesday] and we've got to find our groove on the offensive side of things." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar
"[Shesterkin] has played his way into this opportunity. It has nothing to do with [Lundqvist] or [Georgiev]. Those guys have really given us a chance most nights. It's really more about Igor taking subjectivity out of it really. That's what you want all players to do." -- Rangers coach David Quinn
MacKinnon will become the sixth Avalanche draft pick (since 1995-96) to play in 500 games with Colorado, joining Landeskog (606), Alex Tanguay (598), Matt Duchene (586), Paul Stastny (538) and John- Michael Liles (523). … Panarin has no points in each of his past two games. It's the third time this season he has gone two straight games without a point. He has not gone three in a row.
Posted 2020-01-07 3:14 PM (#730837 - in reply to #730836) Subject: Re: Game 42: Colorado Avalanche @ Rangers 1/7/20 - 7:30pm NBCSN
The Avs were blanked last night by an Islander team that smothered them in the defensive zone. The Avs had very little time and space and got no opportunities in the slot. I'm sure that they're looking forward to a little (a lot?) more room to operate tonight.
Posted 2020-01-07 6:16 PM (#730866 - in reply to #730861) Subject: Re: Game 42: Colorado Avalanche @ Rangers 1/7/20 - 7:30pm NBCSN
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Rangerjunkie - 2020-01-07 5:06 PM
Lindgren with the big hit, then he took a few
Lindgren is going to need a few lessons in duking.
Kadri got the jump
I’ve watched Lindgren mix it up before he needs to get better at it if he’s going to play his physical game. Kadri is not much. Lindgren is a good player but his style will attract confrontations, it’s obvious he needs a few pointers.
Posted 2020-01-07 8:19 PM (#730910 - in reply to #730835) Subject: Re: Game 42: Colorado Avalanche @ Rangers 1/7/20 - 7:30pm NBCSN
He didn't look totally comfortable, but did like that he got very square to the shot, had excellent rebound control, and he looks pretty competent with the stick handling...will be interesting to see how he goes with a bit more time.
Posted 2020-01-07 9:31 PM (#730911 - in reply to #730835) Subject: Re: Game 42: Colorado Avalanche @ Rangers 1/7/20 - 7:30pm NBCSN
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Shestyorkin (really...why did he change the Anglicization when YORK was right in there!?) earned every bit of that win. Good for him.
No offense to the Rangers but that was by far the worst effort I've seen from the Avalanche all year. No excuse just leaning back and giving up after two relatively easy goals. Grubauer was pretty horrid as well, especially on the Skjei goal. I suppose we'll see how they do with "adversity" now that it's finally arrived.
Rangers were skating all night, getting to loose pucks, dictating the physical pace of the game, and just flat-out outworking Colorado. A well-earned victory, and the Breadman looked outright dominant tonight. New York might have the best foundation in goal in the entire league. It'll be interesting to see how they go about dealing with the good problem of having three very good goalies.
Posted 2020-01-08 7:43 AM (#730912 - in reply to #730835) Subject: Re: Game 42: Colorado Avalanche @ Rangers 1/7/20 - 7:30pm NBCSN
When teams play as many games compressed like the NHL schedule is, they will have off nights and there is nothing a coach can do but suffer on the bench. As long as guys are still trying, your ok its when they quit your out of a job. I'll take your word on how bad the Avs were but from the Rangers point of view they again showed a lot of game, as they continue to improve. They are not far from a solid playoff team as they continue the work in progress consistency. They had their feet moving well and were very good for extended stretches of play..
Posted 2020-01-08 3:52 PM (#730917 - in reply to #730835) Subject: Re: Game 42: Colorado Avalanche @ Rangers 1/7/20 - 7:30pm NBCSN
I've seen Sheskterkin play a lot in Hartford and last night was nothing. This was a relatively bad outing for him. I've seen him make a save on shots like that second Compher goal and he makes them look routine. You'll see what he really is after a few starts and he shakes the jitters.