Sport Shesterkin ‘unfit to play,’ Lundqvist gets Game 1 start for Rangers
Hurricanes complete sweep, eliminate Rangers
The Carolina Hurricanes are moving on after sweeping the New York Rangers.They eliminated the New York Rangers in a clean three-game sweep in a series that turned out to be a fairly obvious mismatch.
will get the start for the Rangers against the Hurricanes in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Qualifier series.
Goaltender Igor Shestkin has been deemed “unfit to play,” making head coach David Quinn’s decision a little easier. Alexander Georgiev will serve as the backup Saturday afternoon.
New York was one of a handful of teams facing a goalie decision ahead of the Qualifying Round (Carolina was one of those teams and will start). Quinn said before Phase 3 that he would use training camp as a way to decide his starter.
NHL Power Rankings: Stanley Cup-less veterans to root for
These players have been in the league a very long time but have yet to achieve the ultimate goal.Every postseason features those players who have spent their entire careers chasing the Cup, but fallen short. Time is running out for many and this could be their last best chance at glory. Moments provided by Ray Bourque, Dave Andreychuk, and Rod Brind’Amour are among those that stand out.
Shesterkin started the Rangers’ lone exhibition game on Wednesday, with Lundqvist coming in for the final 28 minutes. For his case, Hank has enjoyed success against the Hurricanes. He won all three starts against Carolina during the regular season, stopping at least 39 shots in each game and recording a .947 save percentage.
Due to the NHL’s new catch-all “unfit to play” phrase for when players don’t practice or play, it’s unlikely we’ll know what’s up with Shesterkin.
(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers
Saturday, Aug. 1: Rangers vs. Hurricanes, 12 p.m. ET – NBCSN ()
Monday, Aug. 3: Rangers vs. Hurricanes, 12 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Hurricanes vs. Rangers, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Thursday, Aug. 6: Hurricanes vs. Rangers*
Hurricanes-Rangers stream: 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers
Coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app.At the time of the stoppage, the Rangers sat two points outside the second wild card but were one of the hottest teams in the league, winning 11 of 17 games (11-5-1) since February 9 – only Colorado had more points in this span.
Saturday, Aug. 8: Rangers vs. Hurricanes*
You can watch all the NHL playoff streams on the NBC Sports app.
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