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

By Forever Blueshirts
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.

Kandre Miller
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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