BUFFALO — Igor Shesterkin didn’t take part in the Rangers’ entire morning skate on Friday at the KeyBank Center, but he did come out after the main skate was over and got a little time on the ice.
He had skated before on his own, but this was the first time he was on the ice with his teammates since going on injured reserve with a lower-body injury last Saturday, and it was a pleasing sight for coach Gerard Gallant.
"Definitely,’’ he said. "It’s always good to see him out there, for sure.’’
Gallant wasn’t ready to provide a timetable for when Shesterkin might be ready to return, but he made it sound as if it will be soon.
"I don’t know, I don’t want to say,’’ he said. "I mean, it’s near-future, but when, I don’t know.’’
Shesterkin was injured in a 1-0 win over San Jose on Dec. 3.
D Jarred Tinordi was sent to Hartford on a conditioning assignment. He last played Nov. 21 against Buffalo and was a healthy scratch for the next seven games . . . Ryan Lindgren did not take part in the morning skate because of "maintenance,’’ the Rangers said . . . Nils Lundkvist said he got teased a little by his friends about falling down while celebrating his first NHL goal Wednesday against Colorado, but he’s OK with it. "I’ll take it,’’ he said. "It was nice. [I was] excited to score my first goal, and yeah, it happens.’’ . . . Gallant said sending G Adam Huska down to Hartford and calling up Keith Kinkaid had nothing to do with how Huska played in Wednesday’s 7-3 loss to Colorado in his NHL debut. "Kinkaid was probably going to be the experienced guy we were going to call up [when Shesterkin went on IR], but he was on the [COVID-19] protocol,’’ Gallant said. "It was nothing to do with [Huska]’s game. I watched all the goals [on video]. He didn’t have much to do with them.’’