Rangers Roundup: Panarin asked for 2 week leave, Shesterkin to start tomorrow, and more

By Anthony Scultore
Shesterkin (Photo by Justin K. Aller/NHLI via Getty Images)

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.

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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

Feb 18, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) and defenseman Anthony Bitetto (22) celebrate win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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