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Rangers Prospect Report: 1.22.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / New York Rangers

Three Stars of the Week

Sean Day registered four assists/points in three games during the week. The Rangers' third round pick (81st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has tallied nine points (one goal, eight assists) in nine games with Kingston this season and has registered 30 points (five goals, 25 assists) in 36 OHL games in 2017-18. Day is tied for 10th among OHL defensemen in assists and ranks 11th among OHL defensemen in points this season.
 
Dominik Lakatos tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in two games with Liberec in Czech Extraliga during the week, including three points (two goals, one assist) on Jan. 21 against Zlin. The Rangers' sixth round pick (157th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in 39 games with Liberec this season, and he is tied for second on Liberec in goals in 2017-18. In addition, among all players younger than 24 years old in Czech Extraliga, Lakatos (who is 20 years old) ranks fourth in points and is tied for fourth in goals.
 
Tim Gettinger registered a goal/point in each of Sault Ste. Marie's two games during the week, recording three points (two goals, one assist) and 11 shots on goal in the two contests. The Rangers' fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his goal/point streak to three games (three goals, one assist) and has registered a point in nine of the last 11 games, tallying 12 points (seven goals, five assists) over the span. Gettinger has recorded 44 points (24 goals, 20 assists) and a plus-16 rating in 44 games with the Greyhounds this season. He ranks 10th in the OHL in shots on goal this season (171). He also leads Sault Ste. Marie in shots on goal, ranks second in game-winning goals (six), and ranks third in goals and points this season.

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Rangers Penalty Kill Comes Up Short in Loss to Kings

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

LOS ANGELES -- Throughout the ups and downs this season, the one constant for the Rangers has been its effective penalty kill.

But that failed Sunday night when the penalty kill, which began the day in fifth, allowed three goals in the first 10:22 of the second period in a 4-2 loss to the Kings. 

"Our PK, what had been a real good weapon for us, tonight let us down," coach Alain Vigneault said. "They scored three goals and obviously that was the difference in the game."

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Prospect Update: Another Shutout for Shesterkin

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Igor Shesterkin made 19 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, as SKA blanked Amur, 5-0, in the Kontinental Hockey League on Saturday. The 2014 draft choice is 20-3-3 with a .932 SV% and a .172 GAA this season for Saint Petersburg. 

The 22-year-old is 56-14-14 with a .929 SV% and a 1.89 GAA with 16 shutouts in 87 career KHL games.

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Road Trip Continues With Matchup Against Kings

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (24-18-5, 53 pts) at Kings (24-17-5, 53 pts)
10:30 pm; Staples Center, Los Angeles
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers look to rebound from a road trip-opening loss Saturday when they head to Los Angeles to battle the Kings Sunday night.

New York fell behind by a pair of goals against the Avalanche, and while Pavel Buchnevich's power play goal midway through the second got the Rangers to within a goal, it was as close as they'd get in a loss that snapped their modest two-game winning streak.

Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves in the loss on Saturday, and with the lack of a morning skate Sunday, it's unknown if Lundqvist will make his fifth straight start Sunday against Los Angeles.

Also unknown is the status of forwards Michael Grabner (flu) and Kevin Hayes (contusion), as well as defenseman Marc Staal (hip flexor). Coach Alain Vigneault did not have an update on Grabner following Saturday's game, and said both Hayes and Staal were 50/50.

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Shorthanded Rangers Begin Road Trip With Loss in Colorado

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

DENVER -- The already injury-depleted Rangers lost another player Saturday before opening their four-game road trip with a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Already without Chris Kreider, Kevin Shattenkirk, Kevin Hayes and Marc Staal, the Blueshirts were forced to play without leading goal scorer Michael Grabner, who was a late scratch with the flu and was replaced by the recalled Daniel Catenacci.

Despite the loss in manpower, the team was encouraged by their "battle level" with several new faces - including defenseman Tony DeAngelo - in the lineup.

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Prospect Update: Chytil's OT Goal Lifts Pack to Win

Plus Ronning, Day, Gettinger and More in Action

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Forward Filip Chytil scored the game-winning goal 1:10 into overtime to lift the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 3-2 win over Utica in the American Hockey League on Friday night.

The 21st overall pick from last year's draft also added an assist while defenseman Ryan Sproul scored Hartford's two regulation goals. Boo Nieves and Adam Chapie also had assists while goaltender Marek Mazanec made 27 saves in the win.

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Rangers Open Road Trip in Colorado Against Avalanche

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers (24-17-5, 53 pts) at Avalanche (25-16-3, 53 pts)
3 pm; Pepsi Center, Denver
MSG Network; ESPN 98.7 FM

The Game

The Rangers embark on their longest road trip of the season beginning with a Saturday afternoon matchup with the Avalanche in Colorado.

The Blueshirts picked up back-to-back victories at The Garden before heading west, most recently a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night. Rick Nash led the way with two goals and an assist to give him four tallies in his last two games. Pavel Buchnevich chipped in with the game-winning goal and another assist.

Friday was a busy one for the Rangers, who lost Kevin Shattenkirk indefinitely as the blueliner will undergo surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. New York recalled Tony DeAngelo and forward Dan Catenacci from Hartford (AHL) for the trip as both Marc Staal and Kevin Hayes also remain out with injuries. Coach Alain Vigneault said both were 50/50 to play on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Henrik Lundqvist started both games at The Garden this week, and with the back-to-backs this weekend, it wouldn't be a surprise to see backup Ondrej Pavelec in goal, possibly as early as Saturday in Colorado.

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Rangers Lose Shattenkirk to Knee Surgery

Absence Presents Opportunity to Newly Recalled DeAngelo

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

DENVER -- Kevin Shattenkirk has been playing through a meniscus tear in his left knee for nearly the entire season, and on Friday it was decided he could do so no more, opting for surgery on Monday that will sideline him indefinitely.

"It's something I've had all season and been trying to play through," Shattenkirk told reporters on Friday. "It's come to a point now, looking at all the options and trying to stick it out and make it through the season, with the way it's kind of been going, I think it's the right time to get the surgery and handle it, take care of it before it becomes something that we don't want to do later on down the line in the season that would put me out for a crucial part of the season."

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Kevin Shattenkirk Injury Update

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has a meniscus tear in his knee and will undergo surgery. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at Hospital for Special Surgery. Shattenkirk will be sidelined indefinitely.

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Rangers Recall Tony DeAngelo and Daniel Catenacci From Hartford

Blueshirts also assign Lias Andersson to Wolf Pack

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled defenseman Tony DeAngelo and forward Daniel Catenacci from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

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