Igor Shesterkin trained on Sunday and may be available to play for the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifying against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday (noon ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, SN360, TVAS, FS-CR, MSG).
Coach David Quinn said after training he was not sure Shesterkin would be available on Monday and had not made a decision on the goalkeeper.
Shesterkin was 10-2-0 with a 2.52 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 12 starts after being called up from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Jan. 7.
Lundqvist is 10-12-3 with a GAA of 3.16 and save percentage of .905 in 30 games (26 starts) this season, his 15th in the NHL, all with the Rangers. He’s gone 3-0-0 with a GAA of 2.33 and save percentage of .947 in three games against the Hurricanes this season and has gone on with solid numbers in 46 games against them ( 33-12-1, 2.00, 0.934).
“I’m feeling for Igor and we’ll see what happens here in the next few days, but I’m just happy I got the opportunity to play,” said Lundqvist, who made his 128th straight playoff start for New. York. ” I like this. I like to be there to compete. Obviously we didn’t have the victory, but I think we did a lot of good things. We’re going to watch videos, learn from this and I’m sure we’ll be better for the next one. ”
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The other option for the Rangers is Alexandar Georgiev, who was Lundqvist’s replacement on Saturday. He was 17-14-2 with a GAA of 3.04 and save percentage of .910 this season, but he didn’t play all four games against Carolina.
Lundqvist said he was feeling great on Saturday and was ready to start Game 2. He made 11 saves in the first half and 10 in the second, including the Hurricanes stoppage ahead. Warren Foegele breakaway at 5:37 am. He made 13 saves in the third period.
“I take every start as an opportunity to play the game, to enjoy the game and to try to help the team,” said Lundqvist. “I felt like I was moving well. There are a couple of things I need to adjust for the next game if I get a chance to play. We will see.
“Physically, technically and mentally, I am in a good position. ”
Jesper Fast won’t play in Game 2 against the Hurricanes. The forward did not return after leaving Game 1 shortly after absorbing a big blow from the Carolina defenseman Brady Skjei in the first minute of the game.
Beginner Kaapo Kakko took the place of Fast on a line with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome to practice. Quinn said Kakko could be on that line in Game 2.
“It’s something we’re definitely doing,” Quinn said.
Attackers Vitali Kravtsov and Steven Fogarty, who did not play in the series opener, trained on Sunday and we could join the roster on Monday.
Centre Mika Zibanejad and defender Tony DeAngelo did not practice, but will play in the second game.