Update: Ryan Lindgren out for Game 4 of Rangers and Penguins series

Ryan Lindgren
Jan 8, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren (55) is congratulated at the bench after scoring an empty net goal in the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers took to the ice in Pittsburgh for their morning skate and received a wonderful sight when Ryan Lindgren appeared.

When the team takes on the Penguins in Game 4 on Monday night, they may just have one of their top defenders back.

Lindgren, 24, last played in Game 1 of the series registering 3 hits and 5 blocks in nearly 30 minutes of action. For the season, he posted 15 points in 78 games this season while averaging 20:06 TOI.

“Game-time [decision],” Gerard Gallant said. “See how he gets along this morning.”

The Rangers remain without Barclay Goodrow (lower body) for the rest of this series. Tyler Motte has resumed skating but did not travel with the team. He is a possibility for this series.

The Rangers may opt to go with 7 defensemen per multiple reports.

Update: Ryan Lindgren out for Game 4, Jonny Brodzinski in for Dryden Hunt.

Ryan Lindgren may suit up for Rangers

New York Rangers lineup
Mar 29, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren (55) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Regardless if Ryan Lindgren plays or not tonight, Igor Shesterkin is expected to be back in goal for the Rangers. He was chased after allowing four goals on 15 shots in the first period of Game 3.

“Igor’s been our MVP all season, as everybody knows, and in the playoffs,” Gallant said. “I thought we’d give him a little rest and, hopefully, spark our team, and it worked.”

The Rangers did indeed roar back to tie the game with a 3 goal second period. Unfortunately, a bad turnover led to Danton Heinen goal in the third that gave the Penguins a win.

“That’s the way she goes,” he said. “We’ll get back at them again next game.”

Chris Kreider was a lot harsher in his criticism of the team’s effort after the loss.

“I don’t think we were playing together, especially at this point in the season,” Kreider said. “Effort is not something you question. It’s a matter of working smart, not just hard. Good learning experience for our group, first period at least. First road period in the playoffs. Obviously, liked the response, but there’s been moments over the course of the year where we’ve put ourselves in positions like that and have been able to claw back. But that’s not something you can do in the playoffs. Something we have to rectify and rectify quickly.”

The Rangers had a big chance to take the game with three straight power plays but failed to cash in on any of them.

“In a series, you have to adjust,” Ryan Strome explained. “They made some good adjustments, so we have to adjust and be ready for Game 4, on the power play and five-on-five.”

Penguins injury report

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry continues his on-ice workouts as he recovers from a foot injury. He is listed as day-to-day and not expected to start in Game 4.

Jarry, 27, made the Metropolitan Division All-Star team this season and finished 34-18-6 with four shutouts, a 2.42 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

The Penguins lost No. 2 goaltender Casey DeSmith (abdomen), top-pairing defenseman Brian Dumoulin (lower body) and second-line winger Rickard Rakell (upper body) all in Game 1. None are expected back for tonight.

Louis Domingue will get the start.

NY Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins Playoff Schedule

GAMEDATEHOMEVISITORTIME/FINAL
15/3/22NYRPIT4-3 PIT (3OT) 
25/5/22NYRPIT5-2 NYR 
35/7/22PIT NYR7-4 PIT
45/9/22PIT NYR7:00 PM ET 
55/11/22NYRPIT7:00 PM ET 
6* 5/13/22PIT NYRTBD 
7* 5/15/22NYRPITTBD 
Series Even (1-1)
*If Necessary

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