Report: Igor Shesterkin clears COVID protocol; starter vs Sharks undecided

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Oct 21, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) celebrates after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers announced that goalie Igor Shesterkin has cleared COVID protocols. As a result, Keith Kinkaid has been returned to the taxi squad.

At practice today, Adam Fox was a full participant as well as Dryden Hunt, who is on IR with an upper-body injury.

Julien Gauthier still remains on COVID protocol.

Igor Shesterkin back, no decision on starter

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Dec 3, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) keeps his eyes on the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Shesterkin, 26 is 15-4-2 this season with a .936 SV% and a 2.09 GAA. No starter has yet been named for the game.

He and Tampa’s Andrei Vasilevskiy are co-favorites at +450 at BetMGM ahead of Toronto’s Jack Campbell, whose odds have shortened from +2500 at the start of the season to +650 to win the Vezina trophy.

Colorado’s Darcy Kuemper (+4000) is being backed by a book-high 14.8 percent of the bets, while Shesterkin has been supported by 18.1 percent of the money and is the book’s biggest liability.

Campbell is being backed by 8.3 and 10.8 percent, respectively. He’s also the +400 favorite at DraftKings ahead of Shesterkin (+450) and Vasilevskiy (+600).

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