Injuries mounting for Rangers, Louis Domingue set to debut versus Wild
Hartford Wolf Pack goaltender Louis Domingue will make his New York Rangers debut Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild. His back up will be a familiar face, as his AHL goaltending partner Dylan Garand is on the bench.
While Igor Shesterkin recovers from a lower-body issue suffered last week against the Carolina Hurricanes, Jonathan Quick becomes the latest member to the Rangers MASH unit, listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
“Louis has been around for a bit,” Peter Laviolette noted of the veteran. “Training camp was good and he’s been playing really well [in Hartford]. This isn’t new for him as he’s got a lot of games in the NHL. It’ll be great to see him get a start tonight.”
Louis Domingue to start for Rangers
Domingue, 31, has a 3-1-0 record this season with the Pack. In addition, he’s sporting a stellar 1.75 GAA and a .934 save percentage.
New York signed the right-handed catching backstop in the summer of 2022, after he gave the Rangers trouble in their opening round playoff win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In six games Domingue played, he posted a 3-3 record.
For his NHL career, he has a record of 59-60-10 in 142 career appearances. His GAA of 3.04 and SV% of .905 are also respectable for a backup.
“It’s amazing,” Domingue remarked about playing at the Garden. “When I was on the road, it was one of the buildings I loved playing. It’s going to be great to play for the home crowd this time around.”
This is the final year of a 2-year deal he signed for $775,000 AAV. He will be an unrestricted free agent in July.
Meanwhile, his backup appears to have a bright future with the Blueshirts after being selected in the fourth-round of the 2020 Draft.
Garand, 21, is 3-1-1 for Hartford this year with a 2.63 GAA and a .914 save percentage. However, the former CHL Goalie of the Year opened eyes around the organization with an incredible Calder Cup run, notching a .935 save percentage and a 1.76 GAA.
He has another year remaining on his entry-level contract before becoming a restricted free agent in 2025.