The Rangers plan to start Igor Shesterkin on Sunday evening despite the success Alexandar Georgiev had against the islanders.
Georgiev improved his career record against the islands to 7-2-0 with 31 saves 4-1 win on Friday at Nassau Coliseum, where he kept the Rangers competitive despite not having seen a game since March 19.
But head coach David Quinn tried to defeat Shesterkin, who was the No. 1 of the team is to test towards the end of the regular season. Since recovering from a groin injury that left him sidelined for 10 games, Shesterkin has kicked off seven of the last nine games.
« Probably a decision we made more than any other this year [Sunday] to play in goal, « said Quinn. “Shesty, I think his overall game put him in the position Georgiev played a damn good game in the other day. But for me, it’s just [Shesterkin] who has put himself in a position to take advantage of this opportunity. «
The Rangers have lost 4-2-1 in Shesterkin’s last seven starts. The 25-year-old Russian has scored an average of 2.71 goals against the average during that time.
After the islanders’ netminder , Semyon Varlamov, had problems on Friday, there is a possibility that head coach Barry Despite could use Ilya Sorokin, which would mean that Shesterkin and Sorokin, who have been friends since they were 17, will compete in the NHL for the first time.
Sorokin, the 78th overall winner of the islanders in 2014, played for CSKA Moscow, while Shesterkin started in the KHL for rival SKA St. Petersburg. The two Russians were connected for much of their hockey careers, which only got stronger when they were both drafted by their New York rivals.
« We talked a lot on the phone, we’re friends, » Shesterkin said of Sorokin last July. « And I knew how many thoughts went through his head back then and made that difficult decision [to leave Russia for North America]. Thank God he chose this path. I will always support my friends and greet him with a red carpet. “
Rangers prospect Zac Jones helped UMass win its first national championship in program history on Saturday night.
20-year-old Jones scored one goal and scored three assists, including a power play goal, during the NCAA tournament in the semifinal game against Minnesota Duluth. In 29 games this season, Rangers scored nine goals and 15 assists in the 2019 third round.
« He’s had a great college career so far, he’s someone I get a little familiar with when I see him play before he comes to UMass, « said Quinn on Sunday. « He was certainly a very, very good player there and we really appreciate him as an organization. »
When Jones’ agent Alexander Schaal was reached by The Post on Sunday, he did not want to join the defender’s plans for that express next year. In February, Jones told the Post’s Up in the Blue Seats podcast that he was returning to UMass for his junior year. He said he believed it was « a marathon, not a sprint » to develop, and he specifically chose the college route in order to have up to four years to improve.
« Honestly , I want to come back next year, « he told the Post. « I don’t think I’m ready to play pro hockey. I think I’m not big enough for it yet and I think this extra year of college is next year and this year and a big summer this one Year will help me.
« Hopefully [I] can sign after my junior year, but if that doesn’t happen then so be it. I just want to play pro hockey when I’m ready to play at that level and then move on to the next. «
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