WFAN Radio Host Boomer Esiason said on his show today that Artemi Panarin asked for a two week leave of absence. According to Esiason, Artemi wants to take that time to settle himself and figure out what’s going on in his home country.
Igor Shesterkin gets the start
Igor Shesterkin has been announced as the starter tomorrow against the Flyers. The 25 year-old is being rewarded for his stellar play as he’s only allowed two goals or less in six of his last seven starts.
His record over that span is just 4-3 but his .937 SV% has been the key. Shesterkin’s surge has carried him to fifth in GAA with 2.23 and sixth in SV% at .922.*
*Among goalies who started at least 10 games.
Panarin, Chytil, and Kakko out
Artemi Panarin was not at practice today as expected and will not play against the Flyers. David Quinn warned fans that nothing is settled and to expect some new combinations.
Chytil has not resumed skating but is close. Kaapo Kakko remains on the COVID list.
NHL Trade Targets series
The West division is up next but here’s the other three divisions.