Igor Shesterkin could be tomorrow’s starter for the Rangers

Alexandar Georgiev is getting the nod in net tonight against the Capitals, but Igor Shesterkin appears close. Real close.

The 25 year-old was a participant in practice yesterday, and fill-in coach Kris Knoblauch alluded to the possibility of a Saturday return. “Shesty is a possibility this weekend,” he noted in his first post-practice interview. This is great news for everyone involved.

Igor Shesterkin close to a return

On March 4th, as the Rangers were cruising along to an easy win against the Devils, Shesterkin made a sudden move from his left to right and went down in immense pain. The goaltender lay on the ice clenching his blocker hand and then grabbing for his leg.

The pain was so intolerable that Shesterkin needed two people to lift him off the ice and carry him to the locker room. As bas as the injury looked, he was diagnosed with a mild groin strain but has missed 7 games and counting since.

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Prior to his injury, Shesterkin had won two in a row and three of his last four stars. In those three wins he surrendered just four goals. It looked like he was turning a corner and starting to come on.

Now the Blueshirts are hoping that he can pick up where he left off. In his absence so far, they have gone 3-3-1 with Georgiev on tap tonight.

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Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore