For the sixth time in seven games since Igor Shesterkin's promotion from the AHL on January 3, Henrik Lundqvist will not start and instead will support Alex Georgiev against the islanders in the garden on Tuesday.
It is the sixth time in this period that Lundqvist has resigned, while Georgiev does not resign until the Swede starts in St. Louis on January 11th. Shesterkin has not yet assumed this role.
It is not a coincidence.
"He's a guy who carries a lot of weight in this locker room. I want him to be with me and I want him to be part of the game," Rangers coach David Quinn said of Lundqvist. "And he wants to be . These are [some of] the things we talked about "
With the blueshirts still open until Tuesday, January 31, after the game on Tuesday, management could send Shesterkin to AHL Hartford so that he could get work during the break, as the club did with Georgiev last season. The wolf packs are at home on Friday and Saturday. Although no firm decision has yet been made, Shesterkin is expected to play the AHL All-Star Game in Ontario, California on Monday.
Artemi Panarin, who may have had his usual game of the year in the 1-2 loss to Columbus on Sunday, did not train on Monday. His absence was called the "maintenance day" by the Rangers. The winger, who is expected to play against the islanders, ended Saturday's training early on with what Quinn called "a little upper body thing … maintenance".
Pavel Buchnevich, who was downgraded from the first to fourth line with Brendan Lemieux in the third round on Sunday, trained with Ryan Strome and Jesper Fast in Panarin's second session, while Lemieux stayed with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider.
Quinn said he was unsure where Buchnevich, who dealt with the flu, would compete on Tuesday. He ended the game against the jackets on the line with Brendan Smith and Greg McKegg, perhaps the team's most effective striker on Sunday.
"[Buchnevich] I haven't trained for a whole week, but he played games and I really liked his efforts on the island. “The coach said of the wading winger who has scored one goal in the last 13 games and two goals in the last 23. I thought he did a really good job, so I give him a lot of credit for it.
"He had a hard night [against Columbus]and he probably still feels a little bit of it. Obviously, from an offensive point of view, he doesn't get what he wants. He is not as aggressively productive as we know, and he knows and wants to be.
"That being said, he has chances, so … he's a big part of the puzzle, so we have to stay with him and keep doing what he does if he doesn't score," said Quinn. “I thought he did a good job in the two games [last week] against the islanders, where he may not have produced aggressively, but was an effective player. "
The blueshirts play on Tuesday between 23-20-4 for 50 points in 47 games. They had a break of 21-20-7 for 49 points in 48 games last year. … The Rangers, who won 2-0 with this game, and the Rangers, who will play against the Islanders in the Coliseum on February 25, have not won the season between the clubs since 2013 and 2014.
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