Rangers’ Patrik Nemeth remains out, will we get a Jones – Schneider pairing?

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Nov 26, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) and Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) battle for the puck during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will be facing the Boston Bruins with a potential rookie pairing on defense. Per Gerard Gallant, Patrik Nemeth is not ready to go.

Nemeth, 30, has two points in 38 games this season. He last played on January 22, in a 7-3 Rangers win over the Coyotes.

Either Zac Jones or Libor Hajek will step in tonight with the odds on favorite being Jones.

UPDATE: Shesterkin starts, Jones in.

A potential Zac Jones and Braden Schneider pairing?

Jones, 21, has played very well when called upon. Gallant has used him sparingly this season as Jones has only averaged 13:56 of ice time in the six contests he’s played. However, the coach is impressed with the young defender.

“Jonesy came up and played and our (defense) played really good,” Gallant said on Saturday. “Those last couple of games (the defense) played solid hockey. It’s nice to see guys come up and play well. But the whole group played really good together.”

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Jan 2, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Zac Jones (6) skates with the puck during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

When pressed about a potential pairing with Braden Schneider the head coach said he would have no issue putting them together. The two were used together in Hartford.

As far as Nemeth, he was initially out for “personal reasons” but has practiced everyday since the team returned from break on February 11.

“We’re not sure he’s back yet– he’s coming along,” the coach hinted on Monday. “He’s not in the lineup yet for Tuesday (against Boston). We have to take our time with him and make sure he’s good to go.”

“We just want to give him more time,” Gallant said today.

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