Igor Shesterkin starts for Rangers against Sabres with Filip Chytil a go for tonight

Rangers vs. Sabres: The Blueshirts look to bounce back from their Sunday loss to the Bruins. New York has won three of their last five contests and get a lift with Filip Chytil returning to the lineup.

Rangers vs Sabres: Igor Shesterkin to start

Igor Shesterkin was saddled with the loss on Sunday when he gave up a late first period goal in relief of Alexandar Georgiev. The Rangers starter had to leave due to concussion protocols but returned to start the second period and finish the game.

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Feb 8, 2021; New York, NY, USA; Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers prepares to play against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on February 08, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Shesterkin made 23 saves and picked up a win in on Jan. 28, 2021 at Buffalo. It’s was his only career game against the Sabres.

Filip Chytil back to center the third line

The Rangers get back a key center in Filip Chytil. He will play on a third line with Kevin Rooney. David Quinn will play Rooney on the wing and let him take face-offs until Chytil’s hand is at 100%.

It was also noted Kaapo Kakko is coming off the COVID list and will go through return to play protocols. He’s not expected tonight.

INJURIES (49 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Filip Chytil (upper-body; 4-6 weeks from time of injury on Jan. 24) – has missed 14 games
  • Jacob Trouba (upper-body; 4-6 weeks from time of injury on Feb. 16) – has missed five games
  • Kaapo Kakko (COVID protocol) – has missed four games
  • Anthony Bitetto (lower-body) – has missed two games

Pre Game Notes

  • All-Time vs Sabres: 78-79-25-5 (43-31-15-3 at home; 35-48-10-2 on the road)
  • Colin Blackwell – 3 GP, 0-2-2 – Blackwell has notched an assist/point in each of his two games against the Sabres in 2020-21, and he recorded an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime on Jan. 28, 2021 at Buffalo.
  • Brendan Lemieux – 5 GP, 0-2-2 – Lemieux has recorded an assist/point in two of the last four games against Buffalo.
  • Alexis Lafrenière – 2 GP, 1-0-1 – Lafrenière registered his first career NHL goal/point, which was the game-winning goal in overtime, on Jan. 28, 2021 at Buffalo.
  • K’Andre Miller – 2 GP, 1-0-1 – Miller tallied his first career NHL goal on Jan. 26, 2021 at Buffalo.
  • The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in 10 of their last 12 games (41-for-44; 93.2%), including four of the last five games (19-for-21; 90.5%).
  • New York ranks seventh in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (85.3%).

Notes courtesy of the NYR

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