6:32PM: David Quinn spoke before the game and said (NYR):
- On Shesterkin returning, “I didn’t know what the timeline was going to be, you just check in with your players when they are hurt and see how they are feeling on a daily basis. This didn’t really creep up on anyone in the walls of our locker room. I’m not surprised based on how things were going.”
- Are you calling someone up before the trip, “haven’t talked about it, so nothing we are contemplating yet. Might change after the game.”
- On Kakko, “One of the things I liked, about three weeks ago, and we talked about it with him yesterday was I thought his defensive zone play had improved dramatically and I think there has been a little bit of slip. I don’t want to get into specifics but from a defensive standpoint there is room for improvement, as there is with every one of our forwards. The thing I liked about his game, three weeks ago, was way more balance in his game. One of the things I’ve liked lately is he looks more threatening offensively, I think there has been more pop in his game, but defensively it’s slipped a little but I’m anticipating him getting back on track from a defensive perspective.”
5:30PM: Igor Shesterkin will return to the Rangers lineup and start against the Devils on Saturday. (NYR)
Shesterkin has been out with a rib fracture he suffered in a car accident on 2/23.