March 5, 2021

Rangers practice buzz: Kaapo Kakko returns, Igor Shesterkin still under evaluation as David Quinn won’t speculate

Mar 4, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) is helped off the ice during the third period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers and their fans are still holding their collective breaths on the extent of Igor Shesterkin’s injury. He came up limp after attempting a cross crease save in the third period.

Shesterkin immediately fell to the ice and was writhing in pain. He had to be helped up and off the ice. Shesterkin left with his helmet on but was visibly grimacing in agony.

David Quinn refused to speculate and is waiting for the report from doctors. When pressed if he thought it was severe, the coach didn’t think it was at the moment.

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Mar 4, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) is helped off the ice during the third period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Kaapo Kakko back, Alexandar Georgiev starts

Some good news – Kaapo Kakko was back at practice and reinserted on a top line. He told the press that he was sick but that it wasn’t too bad. Alexandar Georgiev was announced as the starter. Keith Kinkaid is expected to be the backup.

Jacob Trouba aslo skated again with the team. He is expected to play on this six game road trip.

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