New York Rangers lineup goes with Igor Shesterkin, no changes vs Jets

Igor Shesterkin
Mar 25, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Igor Shesterkin will get the nod in goal for the New York Rangers as they host the Winnipeg Jets.

In two career games against the Jets he is undefeated with a 2-0-0 record. The netminder has done so on the strength of a 1.05 GAA and a .978 SV% in those contests.

Shesterkin is also coming off a 4-0 shutout on Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. That was the fifth shutout of the season for him which also brings his career total to seven. The victory was his 35th, which is tied for 9th in Rangers history for a single-season.

This year Shesterkin leads the NHL in GAA (2.05) and SV% 935. He is widely considered the leader in the Vezina Trophy voting for best goalie.

New York Rangers lineup tonight vs Jets

Gerard Gallant said there will be no changes tonight so the lineup should look as follows:

Kreider – Zibanejad – Vatrano
Panarin – Strome – Copp
Lafreniere – Chytil – Goodrow
Hunt – Rooney – Reaves

Lindgren – Fox
Miller – Trouba
Nemeth – Schneider

Shesterkin
Georgiev

Andrew Copp facing his former team

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Mar 25, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Andrew Copp (18) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with defenseman K’Andre Miller (79) and center Ryan Strome (16) and left wing Artemi Panarin (10) and defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Copp, 27, was acquired by the Rangers at the NHL Trade Deadline for prospect, Morgan Barron, two conditional second-round picks, and a 2023 5th-round pick in 2023.

Tonight will the first time he faces his former team. The Winnipeg Jets drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

“First and foremost all the friendships,” Copp said about his 7 years with the Jets. “I feel like I had a pretty good relationship with everyone in the room… Not just the players, but the staff and the coaches and everything like that. Obviously, that changes when you come to a new team and it’s been great here as well. But just the amount of people that had an impact on me, that I’m close with there, is kind of hard to measure.”

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