New York Rangers lineup vs Wild starts Igor Shesterkin, Sammy Blais close to return
The New York Rangers will face the Minnesota Wild in their second game of the 2022-23 season, although it’s their first on the road.
Head coach Gerard Gallant confirmed that Igor Shesterkin would get the nod in between the pipes in Minnesota, which likely means Jaroslav Halak will make his official Rangers’ debut Friday night in Winnipeg.
“I haven’t thought about that,” Gallant said of the goalie split, “but I’m sure that’s what’s going to happen.”
Here’s tonights game and broadcast info:
New York Rangers (1-0-0) vs. Minnesota Wild (0-0-0)
Date/Time: October 13, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET
Arena: Xcel Energy Center
Radio: ESPN 98.7
Latest Injury News:
- Vitali Kravtsov (Upper-Body): Day-to-Day
- Sammy Blais (Upper-Body): Day-to-Day
“[Blais] is closer (to returning),” Gallant updated. “We’ll see how he gets along today, but he’s possible for tomorrow (against the Jets).”
New York Rangers lineup versus Minnesota Wild
Shesterkin, 26, was amazing in 2021-22 with a 36-13-4 record and leading the league in both GAA (2.07) and SV% (.935). New York placed second in the Metro Division after going 52-24-6 for 110 points on the strength of his goaltending.
This season, he is 1-0-0 with a 1.01 GAA and a .962 SV%.
He’s 0-1-0 in his career against the Minnesota Wild with a GAA of 3:05 and a .912 SV%.
As for the expected lines and defense pairings they should look like this:
- Kreider – Zibanejad – Kakko
- Panarin – Trocheck – Lafrenière
- Vesey – Chytil – Goodrow
- Hunt – Carpenter – Reaves
- Lindgren – Fox
- Miller – Trouba
- Jones – Schneider
Alexis Lafrenière was bumped up from the third line LW to the second line RW after Vitali Kravtsov suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of the team’s 3-1 win over the Lightning.
“He was good,” Gallant said of Laffy. “We all know he prefers left wing but he’s going to the right side and do his job. I thought the line played well the other night. Laf will adjust.”
Lafrenière, 21, scored 19 goals and totaled 39 points in 79 games last season.
Homecoming for K’Andre Miller and Ryan Lindgren
Minnesota is home to both K’Andre Miller and Ryan Lindgren. They spoke briefly about playing in their hometown arena.
“It’s always fun coming back here and playing with family and friends in the building,” Lindgren said. “I obviously spent a lot of time watching games here, so it’s always cool to come back and play.”
“Ever since I can remember coming down to the X and going to the game with my mom sitting behind the bench… there’s a lot of good memories,” Miller explained. “It’s good to be back.”
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