Rangers Roundup: Igor Shesterkin to face Penguins, 4 Blueshirts hit trade bait list, and more

The New York Rangers have announced Igor Shesterkin as today’s starting goalie against the Pittsburgh Penguins. This season, the 26 year-old is the NHL leader in SV% and GAA as he works towards his first Vezina Trophy.

Shesterkin has a 25-5-3 record with a 1.98 GAA and .940 save percentage in 33 games this season. These are video game numbers that have plenty of experts astounded by his prowess in net.

Igor Shesterkin to face Penguins

For his career against the Penguins, Shesterkin is 2-2-1 with an .899 SV% and a 2.98 GAA.

Yesterday, Ryan Reaves was asked if the Rangers record was deceiving because of Shesterkin’s goaltending.

“You need a good goaltender to win and we obviously have one of the best in the league,” Reaves responded. “A lot of people like to say ‘your goaltender is holding you in games’, but he’s part of the team. We need him going, just like we need every other guy going.”

Today’s matchup is the first of the season between the two teams and has major implications in the Metro Division as the two teams are separated by just a point. The Rangers currently hold second place, and are jockeying for playoff position. They’re also just five points behind the Hurricanes for first.

Note: Filip Chytil is a game-time decision.

Four Rangers make newest trade bait list

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Apr 20, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) and New York Rangers right wing Vitali Kravtsov (74) fight for the puck during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Over at The Daily Goal Horn, four New York Rangers have made the latest Trade Bait Tracker. In total 30 names are ranked in order of most likely to be traded by March 21, and impact they will have if moved.

The highest ranked Blueshirt on the list is Vitali Kravtsov at #12. Check out the full list here.