New York Rangers will face Casey DeSmith, Penguins’ Jarry out for start of playoffs

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Apr 6, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Kaapo Kakko #24 of the New York Rangers scores a third period goal against Casey DeSmith #1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins at 10:41 of the third period at Madison Square Garden on April 06, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to start their playoff series against the New York Rangers without number one goalie Tristan Jarry.

On Sunday, head coach Mike Sullivan revealed that the 27 year-old goalie won’t be available come Tuesday. In addition, forward Jason Zucker will remain sidelined.

Jarry, 27, posted a 34-18-6 record to go with a 919 SV% and a 2.42 GAA. This season versus the Rangers he was 1-3 with a .906 SV% and a 2.61 GAA.

Zucker, 30, had 17 points in 41 games this season.

Penguins without Jarry and Zucker vs Rangers

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“We don’t expect to have them for the first couple of games, I will say that,” Sullivan said. “But their status right now is day-to-day. We’ll update you guys as we go.”

Jarry last played against the Islanders on April 14. He was seen in a walking boot soon after. Zucker was hurt against the Oilers last week.

That means backup Casey DeSmith will play at least the first two games against the Rangers. The 30 year-old posted solid numbers with a 2.79 GAA and a .914 SV% for a 11-6-5 record this year.

DeSmith did not play this season against the Blueshirts, but for his career he is 3-2-1 with a 3.45 GAA and an .886 SV%.

Meanwhile, the New York Rangers will have a full lineup as both Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp were announced a go for Game 1. Both players missed the team’s last two regular season games with minor injuries.

“They had a great practice and no issues,” Gerard Gallant said on Sunday. “They’re as official as everybody else out there, put it that way.”

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Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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