Rangers place goalie Igor Shesterkin on IR following lower body injury

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After suffering a lower body injury in Friday night’s win over the San Jose Sharks, Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin has now been placed on IR.

The 25-year-old netminder will need to sit out at least one week from Friday night, making him ineligible for the Rangers’ next three games against the Chicago Blackhawks (twice) and Colorado Avalanche. The Rangers would then see if Shesterkin is healthy enough to return next Friday against the Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers have eight games total in the next 13 days.

Shesterkin left the game in the third period Friday without putting much, if any, weight on his leg, though head coach Gerard Galant said afterwards that the injury was a minor one and “not as bad as it looks.”

The former fourth-round pick has been outstanding for the Blueshirts in net this season, posting a 13-3-2 record with one shutout, a .937 save percentage and 2.05 goals against average.

For now, the Rangers will rely on Alexandar Georgiev to handle most of the duties in the crease, though the team also called up goalie Adam Huska from the Hartford Wolf Pack.