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Rangers to play Alexandar Georgiev Wednesday against Penguins

Coach Alain Vigneault says team needs to see if young goalie is potential backup for Henrik Lundqvist.

Alexandar Georgiev of the New York Rangers makes

Alexandar Georgiev of the New York Rangers makes a save against Minnesota at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 23, 2018. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — With 12 games remaining in the regular season for the Rangers, one of the organization’s top priorities is to try to get a good look at some of their young players. One of those youngsters is 22-year-old goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, who made 41 saves in Monday’s 6-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Georgiev will start his second straight game Wednesday when the Rangers host the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

“He’s played well,’’ Vigneault said of Georgiev, who is 2-2 in five appearances with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. “He’s won his last two games, but at the end of the day, for us right now, do we have a potential backup for Hank [Lundqvist] in this young player? So we’ll see what he can do against a real good team.’’

Vigneault called Georgiev a “battler,’’ and the coach said he likes the way Georgiev positions himself in the goal and controls rebounds.

“There’s no doubt that, moving forward here, he’s going to get some games,’’ Vigneault said.

“He’s a pretty calm kid,’’ Lundqvist said of Georgiev. “Technically, he’s very good.’’

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Vigneault didn’t know how badly injured D Tony DeAngelo is, but conceded that “obviously, from seeing it last night, it doesn’t look very good.’’ DeAngelo had an MRI Tuesday on his left ankle which was injured on an awkward crash into the boards midway through the second period of Monday’s game. Vigneault didn’t know the results of the test when he spoke to reporters after the team’s optional skate, but the team called up D Ryan Sproul from Hartford and Vigneault said he will be in the lineup against the Penguins. Sproul, 25, is a 6-4, 205-pound, righthanded shooter (like DeAngelo) who played four games for the Rangers this season and had two assists. In the AHL, he has 11 goals, 18 assists, 29 points in 49 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins and Hartford this season . . . D Kevin Shattenkirk, who skated with the team last week as he recovers from MCL surgery, experienced discomfort after a hard skate last Friday in Florida and the team doctors decided to shut him down for a few days, Vigneault said. Vigneault called the setback “minor.’’

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