New York Rangers Player News: All Positions

News: Holland agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) on Wednesday.
Impact: Drafted by the Ducks with the 15th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, Holland saw action in just 29 games with the club before being traded to the Maple Leafs in 2013-14. The center peaked in Toronto, as he notched 25 goals and 38 helpers in four seasons with the Leafs. The 28-year-old's career would also include stints with the Coyotes and Rangers. Last season, Holland once again found himself switching organizations, as he was acquired from New York by the Blackhawks, but was never able to earn a call-up to Chicago. With his move overseas, it's probably the last time Holland will suit up in North America, and he figures to bring his NHL career to a close with 36 goals and 49 assists in 266 appearances.
News: Fox did not play a single shift in Team USA's 3-0 loss to Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championship on Tuesday.
Impact: The addition of Columbus rearguard Zach Werenski to the Team USA defensive group dropped Fox to the role of the club's seventh defender and sent Ottawa's Christian Wolanin to the press box. Don't expect much to change for Thursday's quarterfinal against a Russian team featuring countless NHL All-Stars. Fox had one assist in his first six games prior to Wednesday.
News: Rykov officially put pen to paper on his two-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers on Monday.
Impact: Rykov will get every opportunity to secure a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp, though he will likely have to beat out Neal Pionk, Adam Fox and Anthony Deangelo for a spot on the blue line. If he doesn't end up in the NHL, the 22-year-old figures to utilize his European release clause to head back to the KHL.
News: Rykov has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Rangers , Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: The Rangers are yet to officially confirm the deal. Originally a fifth-round selection of New Jersey in 2016, Rykov was dealt to New York in the deal that sent Michael Grabner to the Devils in February 2018. Similar to the contract recently signed by top goaltending prospect Igor Shesterkin, Lavoie reports the deal for Rykov contains a European out clause in the event he doesn't crack the NHL roster. New York's defensive group is expected to get a massive overhaul this summer and it's entirely possible Rykov is ready for NHL duty after being a regular in the KHL for the past three seasons.
News: Kravtsov signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers on Friday.
Impact: Kravtsov spent the 2018-19 campaign in his native Russia skating for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL, notching eight goals and 21 points in 50 games. The 2018 first-round pick will likely need some time to adapt to the North American brand of hockey, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him start the 2019-20 season in the minors.
News: Fox agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers on Thursday.
Impact: As soon as Fox was acquired by the Rangers via trade from the Hurricanes, the expectation was that the blueliner would be signing his ELC with the club shortly. With the deal finalized, the New York native will get every opportunity to secure a spot on the 23-man roster in training camp this fall.
News: Kravtsov will make the jump to the NHL ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
Impact: Kravtsov put together a solid KHL season, in which he notched 21 points in 50 games and managed two helpers in four playoff contests. The winger will get every opportunity to secure a spot on the 23-man roster in training camp this fall, though a stint or two in the minors with AHL Hartford could help his development.
News: Fox's rights were traded by the Hurricanes to the Rangers in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and conditional 2020 third-round selection, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: Fox is set to sign an entry-level deal with New York, which was likely a condition of the trade after the blueliner previously told Carolina he wasn't going to sign with the club and was headed for free agency this summer. The youngster should get a shot at the 23-man roster during training camp, especially if he can produce at the same level as he did at Harvard (116 points in 97 games).
News: Kravtsov inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the Rangers on Monday, Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kravtsov's deal will not be official until May 1, but the Rangers will look to bring one of their top skater prospects over this offseason. Selected ninth overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, the 19-year-old forward scored 21 points in 50 games at the KHL level in 2018-19. He'll look to compete for a roster spot during training camp.
News: Shestyorkin signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Rangers on Monday, Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The deal won't be official until May 1, but the Rangers have agreed to terms with the young netminder. Shestyorkin has been one of the KHL's best goalies over the last several seasons. He posted an outrageous 1.11 GAA and .953 save percentage while going 24-4-0 during the 2018-19 campaign and will compete for an NHL job in training camp next season.
News: Elmer scored twice and added an assist in AHL Hartford's 6-3 loss to Hershey on Friday.
Impact: Elmer now has four points in his first three professional games. Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in March, Elmer joined Hartford after posting 39 goals and 81 points in his final season with WHL Lethbridge. The odds are against Elmer ever contributing at the NHL level, but it's a worthwhile gamble for the Rangers to find out if the advances Elmer made late in his junior career are legitimate or not. He is still just 20 years old.
News: Namestnikov will skip the 2019 IIHF World Championships due to a lower-body injury, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.
Impact: Namestnikov failed to get back over the 20-goal mark this season, but did manage to put together a third 30-plus point campaign. The Russian figures to continue featuring in a top-six role for the Rangers next year, but will need to produce more to warrant his $4 million cap hit.
News: Zibanejad finished the season with 30 goals and 44 assists in 82 games.
Impact: After battling concussion issues in past seasons, Zibanejad finally put together a healthy campaign, finishing with career highs in goals, assists and points. He was easily the Rangers' most dangerous offensive player, despite scoring only 11 goals on the power play after potting 14 a season ago. Injuries are the only real concern for the soon-to-be 26-year-old center, as he proved he can deliver with a subpar supporting cast and should only get better as the retooling Rangers add more talent around him.
News: Vesey finished the season with 17 goals and 35 points in 81 games.
Impact: Vesey has improved with every season, but his growth has come at a snail's pace. He's now scored 16, 17 and 17 goals in his first three seasons, as well as 27, 28 and 35 points. The 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner as the nation's best collegiate player is just another guy at the NHL level. There's no shame in that, but Vesey's impact will probably remain limited to deeper formats.
News: Strome scored the overtime winner in Saturday's season-ending, 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. He finishes the season with 19 goals and 35 points in 81 games between the Oilers and Rangers.
Impact: Strome came to life after getting traded to the Big Apple, recording 33 points in 63 games with the Rangers after a dreadful start that saw him notch only one goal and one assist in 18 games for the Oilers. Originally drafted fifth overall by the Islanders in 2011, Strome's career hasn't quite lived up to that lofty draft billing, but he's a reliable middle-six center whose fantasy arrow could start pointing up if the Rangers can put some quality wingers around him.
News: Nieves finished the season with four goals and 10 points in 43 games.
Impact: The Syracuse native is a strong skater, but his usage is limited exclusively to a bottom-six role. In a perfect world for the Rangers, Nieves probably wouldn't make the big club out of camp next season, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the 25-year-old forward beat out some youngsters for a roster spot.
News: Lemieux finished the season with 12 goals, five assists and 108 PIM in 63 games between the Jets and Rangers.
Impact: Lemieux was buried on the fourth line in Winnipeg, but he quickly endeared himself to the Rangers' faithful after coming over in the Kevin Hayes deal at the deadline. On Broadway, the physical forward amassed six points and 44 PIM in 19 games. Lemieux will likely be penciled in on the third line next season with New York and can certainly help out fantasy owners in search of enforcers with a bit of touch.
News: Howden finished his rookie season with six goals and 17 assists in 66 games.
Impact: Howden got off to a strong start but went through a lengthy slump before finishing on a high note with five points in his last seven games. The 21-year-old pivot should have no problem making the big club out of training camp next season, as he also won a respectable 48.4 percent of his face-offs. Howden still needs to improve in his own zone, however, as evidenced by a minus-16 rating.
News: Buchnevich was held scoreless on three shots in Saturday's season finale against the Penguins, finishing the season with 21 goals and 17 assists in 64 games.
Impact: Buchnevich spent some time in coach David Quinn's dog house early in the season, but he earned consistent playing time in the second half en route to a new career high in goals. The talented Russian showed great chemistry with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider on the top line down the stretch, and the trio can be expected to open the 2019-20 campaign together barring a splashy offseason acquisition, which certainly can't be ruled out given New York's plentiful cap space.
News: Brickley skated just 9:05 in Saturday's season finale against the Penguins, finishing the season with a goal and three assists in 14 appearances.
Impact: Brickley was little more than a warm body called up from the AHL after New York sold off a couple forwards at the trade deadline. The unrestricted free agent will hope to compete for a job at the NHL level somewhere next season, but there's a good chance he's forced to settle for a return to the AHL.
News: Andersson was held off the scoresheet in Saturday's season finale against Pittsburgh, finishing the season with two goals and four assists in 42 games.
Impact: The Rangers were certainly hoping for more from Andersson, but he at least looked noticeably more comfortable over the season's final few games, posting a plus-2 rating over his final seven contests after recording a minus-15 mark over the first 35. While the 20-year-old Swede will almost certainly make the NHL roster next season, he's unlikely to assume a top-six role barring major growth.
News: The Rangers reassigned Lindgren to AHL Hartford on Sunday.
Impact: Lindgren suited up for the final two games of the season, posting zero points and a minus-5 rating. The 21-year-old will play in the final four games with AHL Hartford, and he'll likely return to the minor-league squad to begin next season.
News: The Rangers reassigned Lettieri to AHL Hartford on Sunday.
Impact: Lettieri drew into 27 games with the big club this season, posting three points and a minus-7 rating. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer, and the Rangers figure to hold onto him and give him another shot to make the team next season.
News: The Rangers reassigned Gilmour to AHL Hartford on Sunday.
Impact: Gilmour played in five games for the Rangers down the stretch, finishing with zero points and a minus-3 rating. Gilmour will continue his development with AHL Hartford, which has four games remaining in the regular season and won't make the playoffs. The 25-year-old has 53 points through 66 games with the minor-league squad this season.
News: Fast received surgery on his thumb Monday and will face a six-week recovery, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Fast broke his thumb and tore ligaments around the All-Star break, so this surgery was to aid his recovery since it wasn't healing properly. He finished the campaign with 20 points in 66 games. This surgery shouldn't affect Fast's status for next season.
News: Kreider said he'll play for Team USA at the World Championship in May, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: With the Rangers' season over, Kreider is looking ahead to the international stage. The 27-year-old is deserving of a chance after compiling 28 goals and 52 points in 79 games this season. He played in the tournament after the 2017-18 campaign and notched 10 points in 10 games.
News: Namestnikov scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: The goal came while shorthanded. Namestnikov finished the season with 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 78 games. That's a far cry from his 48 points in 2017-18, most of which were scored in Tampa. Broadway has been tough on Namestnikov, who has proven he needs elite players beside him to drive his offensive game. So unless he gets some help, his fantasy value will remain minimal.
News: Georgiev made 36 saves in a 4-3 overtime victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
Impact: Georgiev started back-to-back days to end the season. He made 39 saves in Friday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets. And he went 3-0-1 in his last four starts. Georgiev is the Rangers' future, but Henrik Lundqvist is inked for two more seasons. Expect incremental increases in playing time next season.
News: DeAngelo has a lower-body injury and won't play in Saturday's game versus the Penguins.
Impact: DeAngelo was able to play through this lower-body injury Friday, but he'll be put on the shelf for the season finale. The 23-year-old had a solid season on the Rangers' blue line with 30 points in 61 games, and he'll look to build on that next campaign.
News: Georgiev will tend the road twine in Saturday's game versus the Penguins.
Impact: Georgiev is hot right now with a .966 save percentage over the last three games. He played Friday night as well but dropped a 3-2 decision to the Blue Jackets in a shootout. The Penguins already have a playoff spot locked up so they're playing for seeding. They've been struggling lately, averaging 2.25 goals over the last four outings.
News: Zibanejad notched two assists in Friday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The 25-year-old is finishing up his breakout season in style, piling up two goals and seven points in the last seven games. Zibanejad has meshed well with Pavel Buchnevich on the Rangers' top line down the stretch, and the duo could be a dangerous fantasy force in 2019-20.
News: Georgiev stopped 39 of 41 shots in regulation and overtime, and one of two shootout attempts, in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: In what was likely his final start of the season, Georgiev did just about everything he could to play spoiler for the Jackets' playoff chances, but he couldn't contain Artemi Panarin -- who beat him in the third period, and for the only tally in the shootout. The young netminder has posted a strong 2.29 GAA and .937 save percentage in nine outings since the beginning of March, and the heir to King Henrik Lundqvist's throne could get his coronation as the new No. 1 for the Blueshirts as soon as next season.
News: DeAngelo (lower body) is listed among the warmup lines, indicating he will suit up for Friday's contest against the Blue Jackets, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: DeAngelo was given a late GTD designation thanks to a lower-body issue popping up, but it won't ultimately cost him any action. The blueliner has taken advantage of his expanded role this season by racking up a career-high 30 points -- four goals and 26 assists -- making him both a season-long and daily option along the blue line. The 2014 first-round pick will certainly hold a much higher spot on draft boards next season than he did entering 2018-19.
News: Chytil (undisclosed) will not play Friday and is expected to sit out again for Saturday's regular-season finale, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: Assuming he can't return as it appears, Chytil will wrap up his first full campaign with the Rangers having amassed 23 points -- 11 goals and 12 assists -- while posting a minus-22 rating over 75 games. While it won't win you any fantasy hardware, the Czech Republic native is still just 19 years old and growing as a player. He should have another full season ahead of him in 2018-19 and could have a better year if the Rangers make some offseason moves to improve the surrounding talent.
News: Georgiev will start between the pipes in Friday's home clash versus the Blue Jackets, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: In his last 10 appearances -- dating back to Feb. 23 -- Georgiev went 4-3-3 while posting a 2.46 GAA and .927 save percentage. The Bulgarian is currently riding a two-game win streak, which includes a 29-save shutout in his most recent outing and a 44-save performance over the Blues on March 29. Georgiev will face a Blue Jackets team that averages an 11th-best 2.95 goals per game on the road this season.
News: Lindgren was called up from AHL Hartford on Thursday.
Impact: Lindgren will get another opportunity with the big club, having already suited up in three games earlier in the year, and recording no points. His first possible chance to suit up is Friday against Columbus, and with the playoffs out of reach, he'll likely see game action in that one.
News: Newell made his professional debut in AHL Hartford's 5-2 loss to Springfield on Wednesday.
Impact: Newell, who was originally undrafted, recently signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers after completing a successful senior season (21 goals, 47 points in 39 games) at St. Cloud State. He finished Wednesday's contest with a minus-2 rating and posted a shot on goal. The 22-year-old Californian will likely open the 2019-20 season right back in Hartford.
News: Lundqvist stopped 27 of 31 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Senators.
Impact: King Henrik has been stuck on 18 wins for nearly a month now, losing six straight starts with a 3.71 GAA and .893 save percentage. The Rangers have two games remaining, so Lundqvist should wrap up a disappointing season this weekend with a chance to play spoiler against either the Blue Jackets or Penguins.
News: Buchnevich (concussion) will rejoin the action Wednesday against the Senators, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: After just one game in the press box, Buchnevich will return to the ice, looking to keep a seven-game point streak alive. He's tallied eight points over that span compared to just 37 over 61 contests on the campaign, so, if his late season-outburst is any indication, Buchnevich could be shaping up to be a breakout candidate next season. The third-year winger will slot in alongside Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider on the top line in his return.
News: Buchnevich (concussion) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Senators, Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's unusual for a concussed player to only need one game away from the ice -- Buchnevich wasn't in action against the Devils on Monday -- but the official team source isn't ruling him out for Wednesday's clash. If Buchnevich ultimately needs more time to recover, the Blueshirts could always go with an extra defenseman up front.
News: Chytil will not play Wednesday and is considered day-to-day moving forward.
Impact: The reason behind Chytil's absence remains unclear, but it will cost him at least one contest and likely leaves him a question mark for Friday's game against the Blue Jackets. Pavel Buchnevich (concussion) is considered a question mark for the contest and would likely draw in if he's cleared. Otherwise, look for the Rangers to roll with 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
News: Lundqvist will patrol the blue paint against the visiting Senators on Wednesday.
Impact: Lundqvist is sitting at a career-low 18 wins with three games remaining on the Rangers' schedule, and his season-long 3.05 GAA and .908 save percentage haven't been all that helpful even in deep leagues. However, he'll be stacked against the lowly Senators in this next contest, with the King looking to get back on his throne against a club with the worst record in the league at 28-45-6.
News: Lundqvist stopped 37 of 40 shots in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Devils.
Impact: New Jersey's final goal was scored into an empty net. Lundqvist has lost five straight starts, posting a 3.65 GAA and .897 save percentage along the way, and while he continues to cede workload to Alexandar Georgiev, the Rangers have one more back-to-back set left on their schedule -- meaning King Henrik should see action at least once more this season.
News: Buchnevich (concussion) will not play in Monday's game against the Devils, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Buchnevich's game-time decision call came as a bit of a surprise, but he may have sustained an injury in Sunday's game in Philadelphia. For now, he should be considered day-to-day as Connor Brickley enters the lineup.
News: Buchnevich (undisclosed) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against New Jersey.
Impact: It's unclear when Buchnevich picked up the injury, but his status is currently uncertain. The Russian is riding a six-game point streak so his absence would be an important one. If he can't go, Connor Brickley will draw into the lineup.
News: Georgiev set aside all 29 shots en route to a 3-0 win over the Flyers on Sunday.
Impact: Georgiev's second career shutout further demoralized a Flyers club that won't be making the playoffs. It's the same fate for the Rangers, but the Blueshirts have now won two in a row behind New York's No. 2 goalie. Georgiev's record improves to 13-13-3 with a 2.95 GAA and .912 save percentage through 31 games.
News: Namestnikov has just one assist over his past 10 games after getting held off the scoresheet in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Flyers.
Impact: Namestnikov has gone cold late in the year, so he's still sitting on just 10 goals and 28 points. The middle-six forward will look to finish strong over New York's final four games.
News: Skjei potted a goal to go with three shots and five blocks in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Flyers.
Impact: Skjei put forth a well-rounded effort highlighted by his seventh goal of the season. He needs one more point over New York's final four games to match last season's total of 25, but the 25-year-old blueliner is well off the 39-point pace from his first full season in 2016-17.
News: Vesey mustered one shot in 17:23 of ice time during Sunday's 3-0 win over the Flyers.
Impact: This was a fitting ending to a quiet March that saw Vesey record just a single goal without an assist in 15 games. Still in a top-six role, he'll try to turn things around in the month of April, during which the Rangers will have four games to close out the season.
News: Nieves mustered just one shot and one hit in Sunday's 3-0 win over Philadelphia.
Impact: Nieves doesn't have much upside beyond a bottom-six role. He has just two goals and one assist since Jan. 15.
News: Andersson tied for the team lead with three shots in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Flyers.
Impact: The seventh overall selection from the 2017 draft is still trying to find his footing offensively, with just five points in 38 appearances this season. That said, Andersson's at least putting his speed to good use in a penalty killing role, with 2:42 of his 12:15 ice time coming on the penalty kill in this one.
News: Newell signed an undisclosed free-agent contract with the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Newell signs with the Rangers after spending four years with St. Cloud State University. In his time with the Huskies, he racked up 120 points in 145 games, and is a finalist for the nation's top player this season. The 23-year-old's contract will start during the 19-20 season, but it's tough to project his NHL impact at his diminutive listed size of 5-foot-9.
News: Lundqvist will guard the goal Monday against the Devils.
Impact: Lundqvist has hit a funk in the cage of late, losing each of his last four starts. He posted a 3.81 GAA over that span, including a 4.40 mark in three road efforts. The Devils are among a handful of teams below the Rangers in the standings, so there's at least a chance the King will get back in the win column. It would certainly help if he could get some support from a Rangers offense that has averaged just 2.07 goals per game in March.
News: Georgiev is scheduled to start Sunday against host Philadelphia.
Impact: Georgiev earned the right to start for a second straight game after generating 44 saves in a 4-2 win over a contending Blues club Friday. Unlike the Rangers, the Flyers -- Georgiev's next opponent -- will be playing for the second time in as many days. The 23-year-old has a 16-17-4 record, 3.08 GAA and .912 save percentage through the first 40 games of his NHL career.
News: Buchnevich scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's 4-2 win over the Blues.
Impact: He's now found the scoresheet in six straight games, although Friday's effort was his first multi-point game in that stretch. Buchnevich is now one tally shy of his first 20-goal campaign with five contests left on the schedule for the Rangers.
News: Georgiev turned aside 44 of 46 shots in Friday's 4-2 win over the Blues.
Impact: It's the second time in his last three starts Georgiev has had to make 44 stops. The 23-year-old remains inconsistent and isn't getting much help from his defense, but his 2.67 GAA and .928 save percentage through seven outings in March should give the Rangers some hope that he can eventually supplant Henrik Lundqvist as the team's top netminder.
News: Staal (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for Friday's game against the Blues, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: While Staal's return should bolster the Rangers' back end, his lack of offensive prowess keeps him from being a fantasy mainstay in most formats. The veteran defenseman owns just 13 points through 73 contests this season. While it's better than what he's compiled in the past two seasons, Staal should be left on the waiver wire in most formats.
News: Georgiev will command the crease against the visiting Blues on Friday, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: Georgiev should be eager to put his last start behind him, as the Penguins dropped five goals on him among 36 shots in Monday's 5-2 loss. The Bulgarian netminder is now set to face a Blues team that is a shoo-in for the playoffs and in pursuit of its fifth straight win.
News: Kreider (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for Friday's game against the Blues, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: Following three games in the press box, the Rangers get their second-leading scorer (26 goals) back to take on a Blues club riding a four-game winning streak. However, it's worth noting that the veteran winger has not tallied a goal and has racked up just two assists in 11 games since the Rangers moved a bunch of talent at the trade deadline. His return should boost the team's offensive profile, but Kreider's upside from a fantasy standpoint has dropped.
News: Lundqvist gave up six goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to Boston.
Impact: King Henrik has lost four straight and is without a win since Mar. 9. Record-wise, with 31 losses compared to just 18 wins, 2018-19 will go down as the worst of Lundqvist's storied career, and it remains to be seen if he'll remain in New York beyond this year.
News: Zibanejad scored two goals and recorded a team-high five shots on net in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to Boston.
Impact: For the first time in his career, Zibanejad has 30 goals, giving him 70 points through 76 games. Prior to 2018-19, the 25-year-old's best season statistically was 2015-16, which featured 51 points in 81 games with Ottawa. Since joining the Rangers, the Swede has taken his game to another level and is banging on the door of elite fantasy status.
News: Staal (lower body) won't play Wednesday against the Bruins.
Impact: Staal is still considered day-to-day with his lower-body injury, which suggests he could be ready to return as soon as Friday against St. Louis. Either way, there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his availability, as he's only picked up 13 points in 73 games this campaign.
News: Staal (lower body) won't play Wednesday against the Bruins.
Impact: Staal is still considered day-to-day with his lower-body injury, which suggests he could be ready to return as soon as Friday against St. Louis. Either way, there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his availability, as he's only picked up 13 points in 73 games this campaign.
News: Lundqvist will guard the cage in Wednesday's road game against the Bruins.
Impact: Lundqvist was rock solid in his last start March 19 against Detroit, turning aside 27 of 29 shots, but he ultimately suffered his 30th loss of the season due to a lack of goal support from his teammates. The Swedish netminder will look to stay sharp and snap his three-game losing streak in a tough road matchup with a Boston team that's 28-7-3 at home this campaign.
News: Kreider (lower body) won't be ready to return as soon as Wednesday against the Bruins, though the winger has reported feeling better, per Colin Stephenson of Newsday.
Impact: A top-six contributor who's quite familiar with the power play, Kreider's late-season injury is threatening his chances of eclipsing a career-high point total from 2016-17 -- when he put up a 53-spot through 75 contests. This season, he's sitting at 26 goals and 23 assists but only has five more opportunities to make an impact for fantasy owners in the 2018-19 campaign.
News: Georgiev turned aside 31 of 36 shots in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: The Rangers staked Georgiev to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but it quickly disappeared under Pittsburgh's pressure. The second-year netminder has coughed up five goals in two of his last three starts, sending his numbers on the season tumbling to a 3.09 GAA and .907 save percentage.
News: Staal (lower body) will be a spectator for Monday's game versus Pittsburgh.
Impact: According to head coach David Quinn, the veteran defenseman is day-to-day, but given where the Rangers are in the standings, it would come as little surprise if they decided to shut Staal down for the remainder of the season. The 31-year-old's situation is definitely something to keep a close on over the next few days.
News: Fast will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season with an upper-body injury.
Impact: With just eight games left in a lost season, the Rangers won't risk Fast's long-term health and instead have decided to shut him down for good. At this point, nothing suggests Fast won't be ready for training camp next season, as he prepares to play out the final year of his contract. He'll finish 2018-19 with 20 points in 66 games.
News: Georgiev will start Monday's matchup with the Penguins, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Georgiev's coming off a Herculean effort in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over the Maple Leafs, stopping 44 of 45 shots. He'll have his hands full with a Penguins offense that ranks fourth in the league with 3.33 goals per road game, but Georgiev's minuscule 2.01 GAA in 11 appearances at Madison Square Garden suggests he's in with a chance here.
News: Kreider (lower body) will not suit up in Monday's home game against the Penguins.
Impact: Kreider missed Saturday's game against Toronto, and head coach David Quinn reiterated the winger is day-to-day. The 27-year-old has racked up 49 points in 73 games this campaign, but is pointless in his last five games. Expect Vinni Lettieri to continue see an increase in ice time as long as Kreider is sidelined.
News: Coach Dan Quinn said Staal (lower body) is questionable for Monday's game versus the Penguins.
Impact: Staal was a game-time decision due to a lower-body injury for Saturday's game versus the Maple Leafs, but he ultimately slotted into the lineup. He may have been hurting again after that contest, leading to his unclear status for next game. Fantasy owners shouldn't be bothered by his condition considering Staal has just 13 points in 73 games.
News: Strome scored the winner in overtime in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Toronto.
Impact: So, he has a goal in each of his last two games and three points in his last four games. Strome doesn't have much fantasy value, but he sure played hero Saturday.
News: Georgiev stopped 44 shots in a 2-1 overtime win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday.
Impact: Both he and the Rangers stymied the Buds -- Georgiev's teammates must have stopped 20 or even 30 more shots. There was a 104-58 overall disparity in shot attempts (82-45 five-on-five), but it never really felt like Georgiev was under siege. The young netminder is 5-3-3 with a 2.69 GAA and .923 save percentage over his 11 starts since Feb. 6. His future as the Rangers' starting netminder is looking stronger and stronger.
News: Staal (lower body) will play in Saturday's game versus the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Staal's status has been hazy for the last three days off, but he'll return to the Rangers' top defensive pairing. The 31-year-old shouldn't be on fantasy owners' radars with just 13 points in 72 games, but he's used heavily defensively with 61.0 percent of his shifts starting in the Rangers' zone.
News: Fast (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
Impact: While Fast isn't a dynamic offensive contributor for fantasy purposes, the Rangers lose out on a proficient penalty-killer with refined two-way skills whenever he's a no-go. The Swede reportedly will be replaced by a Jets trade-deadline castoff, Brendan Lemieux, in the upcoming contest.
News: Chytil (illness) is in the projected lineup for Saturday's game against Toronto, NHL.com's Dave McCarthy reports.
Impact: Chytil missed Tuesday's game against Detroit due to an illness, but he was never expected to be sidelined for long. The 19-year-old rookie, who's notched 21 points in 69 games this campaign, will skate on the Rangers' fourth line against the Maple Leafs.
News: Kreider (lower body) has been ruled out for Saturday's contest against Toronto.
Impact: According to head coach David Quinn, Kreider remains day-to-day with this lower-body injury. Although the left winger boasts 49 points (26 goals, 23 assists) through 73 games, Kreider went through a rough patch offensively before going down with the injury, registering only two points in his last 10 games. The Rangers next play Monday against Pittsburgh and more information about Kreider's availability should be released closer to that matchup.
News: Georgiev will start in goal Saturday against host Toronto.
Impact: Arguably the best start of Georgiev's young career took place against these Leafs on Feb. 10, as he stood on his head and spit back 55 of 56 shots en route to a home win. Toronto actually has a slightly worse home record (22-14-1) than it does away from Scotiabank Arena (22-11-4), meaning Georgiev shouldn't be all that fazed by the hostile environment as the Buds seek revenge on him.
News: Staal's (lower body) status for Saturday's game against Toronto remains in question.
Impact: Head coach David Quinn said Staal felt better Friday but "we'll see how he is (Saturday)." Staal would likely need to rejoin the team at practice before slotting back into the lineup for game action. The Ontario native's status shouldn't concern fantasy owners too much, as he holds just 13 points in 72 games -- although the veteran does boast 80 hits and 102 blocked shots on the season.
News: Staal is considered day-to-day after missing practice Thursday with an upper-body injury, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: Staal hasn't been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Leafs at this point, but he would likely need to rejoin practice either Friday or Saturday for an opportunity to suit up. The veteran's status for the contest shouldn't change much in terms of fantasy, considering he owns just 13 points through 72 contests, though he does provide some minor upside in leagues that count blocked shots (102) and hits (80).
News: Fast missed practice again Thursday and remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Impact: Fast still has some time to recover ahead of Saturday's contest against the Leafs, but the Rangers have little reason to rush him back into action. Even when he does rejoin the lineup, the 27-year-old's fantasy prospects remain dim considering he owns just 20 points through 66 games and he doesn't participate on the power play.
News: Kreider is labeled day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Impact: Kreider didn't take part in morning skate because of the issue, leaving his status unclear for Saturday's tilt versus the Maple Leafs. The veteran winger has hit a bit of a rough patch offensively, going without a point in his last five contests. Considering the team dumped a bunch of talent at the trade deadline, Kreider's upside may remain low as the season winds down.
News: Lundqvist turned aside 27 of 29 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.
Impact: Detroit's final goal was scored into an empty net. Lundqvist has now lost three straight starts in his quest for career win No. 450, and he's struggled to a 1-5-2 record, 3.11 GAA and .909 save percentage over his last eight outings.
News: As expected, Chytil (illness) won't play Tuesday against the Red Wings, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Chytil may only be forced to miss one game due to his illness, as the Rangers are off until Saturday against Toronto following Tuesday's contest. Vinni Lettieri is expected to replace Chytil in the lineup against Detroit.
News: Lettieri was promoted from AHL Hartford on Monday.
Impact: Lettieri has failed to find the scoresheet in 18 games with the Rangers this season. At the minor-league level, the winger has been far more impactful in 2018-19, scoring 22 goals and putting up 46 points in 44 appearances.
News: Gilmour was recalled from AHL Hartford on Monday.
Impact: Gilmour set a Wolf Pack record this season, scoring 20 goals as a defenseman. With 53 points in 66 AHL games, the 25-year-old has been a top-level producer at the minor league level in 2018-19. He has yet to play an NHL game this year, but Gilmour did tally a pair of goals and five points in 28 games with New York in 2017-18.
News: Chytil (illness) didn't suit up in practice and is unlikely to play in Tuesday's game against Detroit.
Impact: The 19-year-old has been decent this campaign, accumulating 21 points in 68 games. The team will likely confirm Chytil's status closer to puck drop, but if he cant go, Boo Nieves or Connor Brickley could draw into the lineup.
News: Lundqvist will start in net for Tuesday's home clash with Detroit, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: The 37-year-old will be going for win number 450, but has been less then stellar lately, going 1-3-1 to go along with a 2.79 GAA and .920 save percentage in his last five starts. Lundqvist draws a solid match-up against a Red Wings offense that ranks 26th in goals per game (2.67).
News: Elmer picked up a goal and an assist in WHL Lethbridge's 3-2 victory over Medicine Hat on Saturday.
Impact: Elmer, who was never drafted, signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers a few days ago. With goals in 17 of his last 19 contests, Elmer finishes his WHL campaign with 39 tallies and 81 points in 68 games. Known for his excellent wrist shot, the 19-year-old should begin the 2019-20 season with AHL Hartford.
News: Lundqvist allowed four goals on 45 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Wild on Saturday.
Impact: The 37-year-old will have to wait to win his 450th career game. He hasn't done a whole lot of winning lately, going 2-7-3 in the last 12 games. But like Saturday, Lundqvist is facing a high volume of shots, and he's still turning aside a so-so portion of them (he owns a .912 save percentage in his last 12 starts). Overall, Lundqvist is 18-19-10 with a 3.01 GAA and .909 save percentage in 48 games.
News: Lundqvist will defend the blue paint in Saturday's road game against Minnesota, NHL.com's Jessi Pierce reports.
Impact: Lundqvist was a little shaky in his last start Wednesday against Vancouver, allowing three goals on 27 shots en route to a 4-1 loss. The Swedish netminder will look to bounce back and pick up his 450th career victory in a road matchup with a slumping Wild team that's lost three consecutive contests.
News: Strome provided an assist on Neal Pionk's lone goal for the Rangers in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Flames.
Impact: Strome is up to 26 points in 70 games between the Oilers and Rangers this year, 23 of which have come with New York. Strome is shooting a career-high 19 percent this season, but the point production is in line with his usual level of 30 points per season over the last three years.
News: Pionk scored his sixth goal of the season in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Flames.
Impact: Pionk had been held out of the goal column since Dec. 22 -- a span of 29 games during which he collected only two helpers. The undrafted 23-year-old started the season well, but he has seen his production dry up since the calendar flipped to 2019. Pionk has five goals and 17 helpers in 62 appearances this season, and he also carries a minus-11 rating.
News: Georgiev let in five goals on 32 shots in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Flames.
Impact: The Flames have found their offense again, making Georgiev their third victim of the week. Georgiev's record falls to 10-12-3 with a 3.11 GAA and a .905 save percentage. The Bulgarian goalie has yielded 15 goals over his last five appearances, going 0-2-3 in that span. Expect Henrik Lundqvist to tend the road goal in Minnesota on Saturday.
News: Georgiev will start in net Friday when the Rangers visit the Flames, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Georgiev has split time with veteran netminder Henrik Lundqvist down the stretch, making his fourth start in the last seven games Friday. The 23-year-old netminder owns noticeably worse number on the road (3.80 GAA and .891 save percentage) and the Flames lead the league averaging 4.24 goals per game, so this may be a matchup to target for daily and season-long purposes.
News: Elmer agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers on Friday.
Impact: Undrafted coming out of the WHL, Elmer racked up 38 goals and 40 assists in 66 games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes this season. The Calgary native could link up with AHL Hartford once his junior campaign is over and figures to spend some time in the minors developing his game.
News: Gilmour scored twice and added an assist in AHL Hartford's 4-3 overtime win over Binghamton on Wednesday.
Impact: Gilmour's 20 goals are a new single-season franchise record for a Wolf Pack defenseman. His strong play has been the one constant for what has been arguably the worst team in the AHL this year. Gilmour's overall numbers are stellar (51 points in 64 games) and it's easy to see why he has been named an AHL All-Star each of the past two seasons. With impressive rookie defender Libor Hajek out for the season due to a shoulder injury and the Rangers in the thick of the #LoseForHughes race, the club would be wise to give Gilmour a look for the remainder of the year. He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Gilmour won't struggle to find work if New York decides to move on.
News: Kreider was fined $5,000 per the league Thursday for elbowing Elias Pettersson in Wednesday's matchup with Vancouver, the Department of Player Safety announced.
Impact: There was some speculation that Kreider might receive a suspension for the incident, but he appears to have gotten off with a fine. The winger avoids missing any time and will look to end his eight-game goal drought versus the Flames on Friday.
News: Brickley was a healthy scratch during Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Vancouver.
Impact: Brickley is the 13th forward for the Rangers, but that role has offered the occasional appearance since coach David Quinn likes to use healthy scratches as a teaching tool. With just three points in nine games, Brickley's impact is limited even when he gets to see game ice.
News: Smith finished with one shot over 19:10 of ice time in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Smith saw a team-high 8:10 of shorthanded ice time, as the referees handed out a pair of five-minute majors and game misconducts to the Rangers in this one, including one to Brendan Lemieux that most observers would agree didn't even deserve a two-minute minor. The versatile blueliner also saw some time among the forward ranks with the Rangers short two guys at the position, just as he had when injuries thinned the forward group earlier this season. Despite his occasional stints on the wing, Smith has just nine points in 52 games.