Rangers still without Panarin as Georgiev gets the nod against Bruins

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Mar 6, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers vs Bruins: It’s time for the Blueshirts to saddle up and get on their horses for a full 60 minutes against the Bruins. A win would go a long way in getting them back in the mix for the last playoff spot after dropping two to the Penguins.

The Rangers will have a morning skate with David Quinn to finalize his lineup around 5:45 pm.

Rangers: 10-11-3 (23 pts)
Bruins: 13-6-4 (30 pts)

(7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2)

Rangers vs Bruins: Alexandar Georgiev back in net

Keith Kinkaid played admirably for a goaltender that had not played an NHL game since 2019. However, admirably or valiant play doesn’t pick up two points in the standings.

Alexandar Georgiev who is 1-1 in his last two starts but struggled in each of them must pick up the slack. It’s good to see Igor Shesterkin back at practice but he’s nursing a groin injury that could become seriously problematic if rushed back to soon.

For Georgiev, he has strong numbers against the Bruins for his career. In six games played he’s 2-2-1, with a 2.72 GAA, and a .919 SV%. However, this will be his first career start against them in Boston.

Panarin back from leave, not ready yet

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Artemi Panarin was all smiles as were his teammates when he joined them in Boston yesterday. Since it was his first practice back, David Quinn wanted him to skate a little more after his two week leave before inserting him in the lineup.

It would not shock me if Artemi was back in there for the second game of this two game set.

Pre Game Notes

  • All-Time: 260-295-97-4 (150-126-55-1 at home; 110-169-42-3 on the road)
  • The Blueshirts have tallied six goals in two of the last four games and in three of the last seven games.
  • The Blueshirts have recorded 13 goals over the last 10 periods (since the start of the third period on Mar. 4 at New Jersey), and 11 different players have tallied at least one goal over the span (Strome (three), Kreider, Buchnevich, Smith, Lafrenière, Fox, Rooney, Hajek, Chytil, Zibanejad, Johnson).
  • New York ranks fourth in the NHL in penalties drawn (108), leads the NHL in penalties drawn per 60 minutes (4.45), and ranks fifth in the NHL in net penalties (plus-10) in 2020-21.
  • Pavel Buchnevich enters the contest with a five-game assist/point streak (two goals, five assists), and he has also tallied 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 11 games. 
  • The Rangers were 1-for-3 (4:07) on Mar. 9 at Pittsburgh.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in seven of the last 10 games (8-for-35; 22.9%).
  • The Rangers were 1-for-1 (2:00) on Mar. 9 at Pittsburgh.
  • The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in 15 of their last 17 games (51-for-54; 94.4%), including nine of the last 10 games (29-for-31; 93.5%) and each of the last seven games (14-for-14).

Notes courtesy NYR

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