February 15, 2021

Rangers Practice Buzz: Panarin not expected to play Tuesday, Miller listed as questionable, and Igor Shesterkin to start

Feb 4, 2021; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers player New York Rangers player K’Andre Miller behind the bench before the game against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers have another problem besides scoring goals as they now have injuries to deal with.

At practice on Monday afternoon, Artemi Panarin didn’t skate with his teammates. The team’s leading scorer skated prior to the practice, but he is not expected to play in tomorrow night’s game when the Rangers host the Devils at MSG.

New York Rangers practice buzz

Along with Panarin, K’Andre Miller is deemed questionable with an upper body injury. David Quinn also announced Igor Shesterkin will get the nod in net.

Panarin suffered a lower-body injury last week and will most likely miss his second consecutive game with the injury.

The status of defenseman K’Andre Miller is unknown. He began practice rotating in and out with Libor Hajek and Anthony Bitetto, but was unable to finish the session. Note he did not practice on Saturday with the team.

The team will wait until tomorrow to see if he can play in the game.

Other News and Notes

Igor Shesterkin
Feb 4, 2021; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) looks to clear the puck during the second period against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Igor Shesterkin will get the start in net. He is coming off a 1-0 loss on Friday night to the Boston Bruins. It was the team’s second shutout against in their last three games.

Shesterkin has only allowed two goals or less in each of his last five appearances, sporting a sparkling 1.60 GAA and a .944 SV%. Per the NYR, since the NHL began to track saves in 1955-56, he is one of three Rangers rookie goaltenders who have posted a .930 SV% or better in four consecutive starts (Marcel Paille and Gilles Villemure).

Jack Johnson, who has missed the last seven games, should be returning to practice soon.

Philip Chytil, who has missed eight games, was announced to be four to six weeks is just approaching the four-week mark now.

Brendan Smith returned to practice and was paired with Jacob Trouba replacing Miller.

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