Rangers Roundup: Shesterkin expected to start, Panarin and Nemeth likely to return on trip

The New York Rangers are set to take on the Vegas Golden Knights in search of their third straight win.

Per multiple reports, Igor Shesterkin did not take part in the optional morning skate which would indicate he’s getting the nod in goal. If so, it will be his first career start against Vegas.

Igor Shesterkin projected Rangers starter

Igor Shesterkin put on a show in his last game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. En route to his second shutout of the season and fourth career shutout he made 38 stops.

For Shesterkin it was his 15th win of the year. It also extended his career record to 9-0-0 when facing 38 or more shots.

“After returning, that was my best game,” Shesterkin admitted. “I wouldn’t say anything in particular got better but I think I need to play even better than I did today.”

This season, the 26 year-old is 15-4-2 with a 2.09 GAA and .936 SV%.

Panarin and Nemeth expected on road trip

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Feb 21, 2020; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) and left wing Artemi Panarin (10) celebrate there win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Gerard Gallant was asked about the availability of Artemi Panarin for the road trip and said he expected him to join the team.

“I would expect it,” he said. “I don’t know, I’m no doctor but I definitely expect him.”

Panarin should be eligible to return on Saturday against Anaheim after he completes the mandatory 5 day quarantine (reduced from 10) and has a negative test. He leads the team in scoring with 36 points.

As for Patrik Nemeth, who is out for personal reasons, Gallant also except him back on the trip.

“Yes, nothing is 100% but we are hoping.”

Nemeth has not played since the Rangers 4-3 shootout win against the Lightning on New Year’s Eve. He has two assists in 32 games this season.

There was no word of any lineup changes so expect the same group from Monday outside of Shesterkin.

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