Igor Shesterkin named starter against Capitals, K’Andre Miller game-time decision

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Jan 22, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) takes the ice to play the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh won 4-3 in a shoot-out. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers are coming off a thrilling win against the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a 3-2 shootout victory led by Artemi Panarin.

Alexandar Georgiev was the winning goaltender, but as expected Igor Shesterkin will get the nod tomorrow afternoon against the Capitals.

Rangers vs Capitals: Igor Shesterkin to start

The last time Igor Shesterkin faced the Capitals he be put on a solid performance. “I think this might have been my best game of the season so far,” he said after beating Washington.

The 25 year-old backstop was on the ball that night and it took a fluky goal by Carl Hagelin to break the shutout. An Alex Ovechkin snipe was the other goal, but Shesterkin ultimately won the battle and the Rangers prevailed 4-2.

Per NYR PR: Igor Shesterkin has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his last six appearances, posting a 2.02 GAA and a .933 SV% over the span, and he has posted a .930 SV% or better in four of his last five appearances.

K’Andre Miller availability unknown

The Blueshirts played their second game without 21 year-old rookie K’Andre Miller. He has an upper-body injury and according to the head coach, his availability won’t be known until tomorrow.

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Feb 4, 2021; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers player New York Rangers player K’Andre Miller behind the bench before the game against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the entire team from the first line to the bottom defensive pairing came up big. They gave up only 22 shots to the Flyers in a contest that included an OT period.

As I reported a couple of days ago, the Rangers do not have any immediate plans for a call up.

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Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at YardBarker and MSN. Some of his past features have been linked on Sportsnet, NBC, TFP, NY POST, NEWSDAY and more.