Rangers Roundup: Filip Chytil ruled out; Shesterkin could play back-to-back; and more

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Nov 6, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) controls the puck during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers had an optional morning skate prior to facing the Blue Jackets in Columbus. In attendance were both Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev making it even harder to determine who will start.

Let’s dive into the latest Blueshirts news.

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Chytil ruled out for Blue Jackets

“[Chytil] won’t play today,” Gerard Gallant opened his pregame press conference, leaving the door open for him to play tomorrow against the Devils.

The 22 year-old pivot has been out since the lost to the Flames last week. He collided with linemate Sammy Blais and has been listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury since.

He has just three points in 12 games on the season.

No goalie announced, but playing back-to-back in an option

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When Gallant was asked about which goalie will start, he was as coy as usual. “Yeah, one of the two,” he said with a smirk.

What was interesting in his remarks centered around the fact he hadn’t decided if he would split these two games between Shesterkin and Georgiev.

“Me and Benny (Benoit Allaire) talked about it yesterday,” he revealed. “We’re just going to take it one at a time right now.”

One thing is for certain, if any goalie would play back-to-back it would be the red-hot Igor Shesterkin.

The 25 year-old Shesterkin is 6-2-2 on the season with an incredible .931 SV% and a 2.37 GAA.

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