New York Rangers assign McKegg to AHL; Ryan Reaves off IR will play

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 28: Ryan Reaves #75 of the New York Rangers skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on September 28, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers announced this evening that Greg McKegg has been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL.

McKegg, 29, played 8 games with the Rangers so far this season registering no points and a -2 rating.

Forward Ryan Reaves, who was injured last week against the Calgary Flames with a lower-body injury has been taken off IR.

Reaves off IR will play

Reaves, 34, has racked up nearly 1,000 penalty minutes in his NHL career. When he’s in the lineup the Rangers are simply a more difficult and harder team to play against. This season, he’s racked up 25 hits in 7 games with no points.

The Rangers extended the 6-2, 225 lbs enforcer soon after his acquisition with an additional year at $1.75 million. He’s a player the organization had been interested in for years and his absence was evident as the the 4th line was missing some bite in his absence.

Igor Shesterkin gets the nod in goal. He takes his amazing road record of 4-0-1 record and a .959 SV% with a remarkable 1.38 GAA into Calgary. The 25 year-old has one regulation loss on the year against…you guessed it, the Flames.

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Apr 20, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin (31) reacts during the third period against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers looking to bounce back from loss to Oilers

On Tuesday, the Rangers had a two-goal lead, but lost the lead in the opening 5:19 of the third period before taking a 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks. On Friday, New York blew a three-goal lead, regained a one-goal lead and then took a 6-5 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Mika Zibanejad scored twice after Chris Kreider, Filip Chytil and Kevin Rooney tallied. Zibanejad’s two goals gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead in the second period and a 5-4 lead 7:18 into the third, but New York allowed the tying goal to Connor McDavid with 2:59 remaining in regulation and the game-winner to Leon Draisaitl 3:27 into overtime.

“Yeah disappointed, no doubt,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said after his team was outshot 17-4 after the second period. “The way it happened was that we played a great 35 minutes, and then we sort of started watching them a little bit. When you give teams time and space, they’re going to make their plays, especially with their talent. We played too much in the D-zone the last 25 minutes of the game, and it caught up to us.”

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