Here’s a recap of Tuesday’s Rangers news:
1) The Blueshirts shut down Kevin Shattenkirk for the rest of the season. No he didn’t have another setback. Rather, management came to its’ senses and realized it was foolish to rush him back for one meaningless game.
2) Alexandar Georgiev’s run as the de facto starter is over. With Henrik Lundqvist and Ondrej Pavelec healthy, there simply isn’t enough room on the roster to keep him in the NHL. So, the Blueshirts sent him to Hartford. But fear not, Georgiev performed well enough to be considered the favorite to serve as Lundqvist’s backup next season.
3) Chris Kreider was named the Rangers’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy. It’s one of the most respected trophies in the sport. Kreider told the NY Post’s Brett Cyrgalis, “I remember Dom Moore talking a little bit about it, and it’s probably not the award you want to be nominated for. It means you went through some stuff,” Kreider said. “But it’s an honor, especially considering the guys that have been nominated and guys that have won it in the past. It’s something that’s kind of cool, something you can hang your hat on.”
And let’s not forget, the Blueshirts still have the second game of their home-and-home set with Washington to deal with.
DEEP ROOTED CONNECTIONS
Kevin Shattenkirk started his career with the Blues and was traded midway through last season to the Capitals, who were loading up for another deep playoff run.
Paul Carey spent part of the last two seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17) with the Capitals.
Blueshirts’ Senior Vice-President/Assistant General Manager Jim Schoenfeld served as Washington’s Head Coach from 1993-1997.
Brian MacLellan — the Capitals’ General Manager — played for the Rangers during the 1985-86 season.
Jesper Fast: His recent hot-streak has Fast nearing a nice round number. And that number is 100 career points; he’s four away.
PLAYER TO WATCH
CAPITALS: ALEX OVECHKIN. The Capitals’ captain is having his typically fantastic season. And once more he’s the favorite to take home the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal-scorer. His power-play goal against the Blueshirts Monday night, broke a two-game scoreless skid. Now that he’s back to his scoring ways, look out.
RANGERS: FILIP CHYTIL. The Rangers’ second highly touted prospect is back. And it appears the reports on him being NHL-ready were true, as he tallied his first career assist/point against these same Capitals, Monday night at MSG. It’s only one game, but getting his first point out of the way gives him a foundation of which to build off.
No word yet on whether Henrik Lundqvist or Ondrej Pavelec gets the start. All we do know is it won’t be Alexandar Georgiev.
Otherwise, there are no other changes.
WHERE TO WATCH
The game will be broadcast on NBCSN at 8 pm ET. For in-game coverage check out our Twitter account @NYRBlueBulletin.
It’s always interesting to see the results of a home-and-home set.
But after what the Capitals did to the Rangers at MSG, it’s likely asking too much for a split.