Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp will not play Friday for Rangers against Capitals, Shesterkin to backup Georgiev
The New York Rangers are the Washington Capitals’ final opponent of the season and the result of the regular-season finale will have major implications on whether they meet again in the playoffs or not. If the Caps can take two points from the Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in regulation, this will be a preview of a first-round series.
According to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen, forwards Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp will be sitting the fixture out as they recover from nagging injuries. Rosen also reports that potential Hart Trophy finalist, goaltender Igor Shesterkin will be sitting on the bench as backup to Alexandar Georgiev.