Igor Shesterkin will lead Rangers against Devils and significant injury updates

Rangers vs Devils: The Blueshirts are coming off a win against the Sabres and will look to build on it against the Devils tonight. They have won 4 out of their last 6 and could finally hit .500 with a win in Jersey.

Rangers: 8-9-3 (19 pts)
Devils: 7-9-2 (16 pts)

Rangers vs Devils: Shesterkin gets the start

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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

Igor Shesterkin will start his second game in a row after beating the Sabres on Tuesday. The Czar of New York did not have to be particularly great, but was solid when called upon.

This season Shesterkin is 5-7-1 with a .917 SV% and a 2.40 GAA.

Rangers get some great injury updates

Kaapo Kakko is off the COVID list and according to David Quinn is very close. He could play in the second game of this stand against the Devils. However, the big news was Jacob Trouba back at practice. The Rangers top defenseman is well ahead of expectation and is “tracking sooner than later”. He’s officially day-to-day with a broken thumb.

Pre Game Notes

  • All-Time vs Devils*: 120-96-27-10 (67-35-20-4 at home; 53-61-7-6 on the road) *Note: All-time record includes games against the Kansas City Scouts from 1974-75 – 1975-76 and the Colorado Rockies from 1976-77 – 1981-82
  • The Rangers are scheduled to play six consecutive road games (two against New Jersey, two against Pittsburgh, and two against Boston), which would be tied for the ninth-longest stretch of consecutive road games in franchise history. The Blueshirts have won three of their last four road games (3-1-0 record). 
  • Adam Fox has tallied five assists/points in the last four games, posting a multi-assist/point game in two of the last three contests, and he has also posted a plus-five rating over the last five games.
  • Chris Kreider has recorded a goal/point in four of the last five games (six goals, one assist). He is tied for eighth in the NHL in power play goals (five) and is tied for 13th in the NHL in goals (10) this season, and he leads the Rangers in each category thus far in 2020-21.
  • Ryan Lindgren has recorded five assists/points and a plus-six rating over the last five games. He leads the Rangers in shorthanded ice time this season (55:04) and has been on the ice for only two power play goals against.
  • Alexis Lafrenière enters the contest with a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists), and he has tallied a point in four of the last five games (two goals, two assists). 

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