Rangers Roundup: Georgiev will start, Reaves admits no one wants to fight him, and more
The New York Rangers held practice today and held out Adam Fox for maintenance. When asked about his availability, head coach Gerard Gallant was quick to say he will be a go for tomorrow’s match up against the Blackhawks.
“Maintenance. That’s it,” Gallant said.
Igor Shesterkin will actually be making the trip with the team to Chicago and continue his treatment. There is no defined timetable for when he will be back on the ice.
Alexandar Georgiev may get both games
The Rangers will play tomorrow in Chicago and then come right back against the Colorado Avalanche at home the next day. Will Georgiev get both games?
“There’s no decision made yet,” Gallant said about Wednesday’s starter. “Georgie is obviously going to play tomorrow then we’ll see from there. I’m just trying to take it one day at a time.”
As for the team playing differently now that Georgiev is the starter, Gallant wasn’t having any of that.
“You’ve got to play the same way whether it’s Georgiev or Huska in net,” he said. “Once you start changing the way you play you get in trouble.”
Georgiev, 25, is 3-1-1 this season with a 3.58 GAA and a .876 SV%.
Ryan Reaves: “I’m not getting a lot of dance partners”
The Blueshirts acquired Ryan Reaves over the summer for a third round pick. Soon after, they extended the 34 year-old through 2022-23. The extension will be for the same AAV he will receiving this season at $1.75 million.
“I feel great,” Reaves said today. “I feel at home here (in New York).”
Reaves is no stranger to the physical aspects of the game. In 705 games he has accumulated 948 penalty minutes. He can also chip in with some occasional offense as he’s picked up 104 points over that time, 3 with the Rangers in 19 games.
“I’m not getting a lot of dance partners these days,” Reaves said. “But I think other teams know that because I’m in the lineup every night that they’ve got to play a little bit lighter against us.”
Reaves expanded on why he feels like he’s making an impact despite the opponents unwillingness to drop the mitts with him.
“Maybe I’m not going to go jump somebody but I’m definitely going to come down and run ’em,” he explained. “I’m going to play physical and most guys don’t like that.”
“Not a lot of teams have guys that are probably willing to fight me,” Reaves admitted. “Those days of lining up at center ice & saying, ‘let’s go’ they happen once in a while now. If somebody I know is willing to fight me, or does something to one of my teammates, I am definitely going to take care of that.”
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