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Goaltending For The New York Rangers Needs To Be Much Better

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Igor Shesterkin and Alex Georgiev combined to start 18 of the Rangers’ final 19 regular-season games last season, so the tandem certainly should have felt comfortable getting behind the wheel this season following the buyout of Henrik Lundqvist.

But if it was one thing for the young Russians to take over around the midway point of 2019-20 while the King was still there as kind of safety net/security blanket if things had gone wrong for Shesterkin upon his Jan. 6 promotion, it is another now that they have inherited the keys to the Kingdom....

No one is calling the team’s mundane netminding a five-alarm fire through this 1-3-1 getaway. But for nearly a decade-and-a-half, Lundqvist not only gave the Rangers their best chance to win every game, he was the fundamental reason they won, when they won.

So far, except for Georgiev’s shutout of the outclassed Islanders in the second game, neither goaltender has given the Rangers their best chance to win. Indeed, there have been too many marginal goals and too many allowed in critical spots. The Rangers entered this season believing they were going to get superior netminding, and perhaps there is every reason, as the coach said, to believe that will be the case.

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Because he didn’t win a Cup in NY
it’s set sometimes (at least for me) to forget how
good he was and for how long and how many mediocre
teams he backstopped to competitiveness. Such a battler too
when on his game, which was most of the time.

Rangers should be ok. But maybe did get a little ahead of themselves
with the surprise consecutive high draft picks; being gifted Fox who wouldn’t sign with Calgary or Carolina (hard to cheer for a guy like that IMO).
Georgiev has been mostly good not great over his young career - and inconsistent.
Shesterkin looked amazing for a long stretch last year. Maybe he’s a little like Merzlikins - really talented and can get red-hot, but is still a young goalie who will have ups and downs.

And Brendan Smith is still with the Rangers, even if only as a utility part-timer.
Gotta give him credit for doing what’s necessary to stay in the league.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/25/21 at 01:09 PM ET

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