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Jan 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) plays the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) plays the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers arrive in the Stampede City having lost eight times in nine games, although they've collected five charity points (1-3-5). New York is coming off a 4-1 defeat to the Vancouver Canucks, a loss essentially decided during a five-plus-minute stretch in the second period.

After Chris Kreider was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing, Brendan Lemieux was given a major penalty, too, for a hit to the head. The Canucks tallied three times in just over three minutes. Two goals came 11 seconds apart.

"You lose two forwards and you're completely out of sync," coach David Quinn said. "You kill (10) minutes of penalties in that period, I mean really, you're really at an incredible disadvantage. I thought we got off to a good start. I liked our pace in the first period, I really liked our energy. I thought we had a real good first period. Then it just completely unraveled in the second period."

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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers have earned at least a point in three straight games following back-to-back overtime defeats. They fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 to league-leading Tampa Bay on Wednesday, but rallied to force overtime with three second-period goals before falling in the extra session.

"If that's what we're going to do against the elite teams in the league, I like the direction we're going," Rangers coach David Quinn said.

Jimmy Vesey recorded a goal with an assist in the loss. He has one goal with two assists vs. Montreal this season.

Alexandar Georgiev made 26 saves against the Lightning, but Henrik Lundqvist could return to the net on Friday. Lundqvist went 1-4-2 with a 3.16 goals-against average in February, but he made 31 saves in the November home win over the Canadiens. >> Read more

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Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A pair of backup goalies are scheduled to draw the start Wednesday night.

With the Bruins playing the second game of a back-to-back set, Jaroslav Halak will start in place of Tuukka Rask, who earned the win Tuesday by making 28 saves. Halak last played Jan. 29, when he took the loss after recording 24 saves as Boston fell to the Winnipeg Jets, 4-3, in the shootout.

Alexandar Georgiev will start for the Rangers as No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist takes a seat. Georgiev also hasn't played since Jan. 29, when he took the defeat after making 18 saves in New York's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

10:53AM: The Rangers have recalled Alex Georgiev after sending him to Hartford for two games this weekend.

Georgiev was 1-1 on the weekend,allowing 6 goal on 63 shots.

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Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Alex Georgiev (40) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers forward Anton Slepyshev (58) during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Alex Georgiev (40) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers forward Anton Slepyshev (58) during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Jeff Gorton said in June that he believes the Rangers have internal options, Alexander Georgiev and Martin Mazanec, to back up Henrik Lundqvist this coming season.

Gorton said this week that Georgiev looked "good" during his time with the Rangers this past season but that when it comes to the back up situation right now, they will "let it all play out." (MSG)

Current UFA goalies include Kari Lehtonen, Steve Mason, last year's back up Ondrej Pavelec, Anders Lindback and Jeff Glass.

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Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

6/29/18 | Georgiev said during prospect camp that he thinks the back up goalie spot is his to win. (NY Post)

Lias Andersson said that Georgiev is a "fast" and "flexible" goalie that reads the game well. (NY Post)

6/26/18 | Rangers GM Jeff Gorton was asked Monday about the Rangers back up goalie situation and said that they are still trying to figure that situation out.

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) in front of New York Rangers defenseman Rob O'Gara (46) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) in front of New York Rangers defenseman Rob O'Gara (46) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

6:07PM: Vigneault spoke about Georgiev after practice on Tuesday and said, "he has played well, like I mentioned before the game, he is a battler. I like his positioning in goal and rebound control, he will play tomorrow. He has won his last two games but at the end of the day, for us right now, it's about if we have a potential backup for Hank. Young player, we will see what he can do against a real good team tomorrow."

Will he play more the rest of the year, "there is no doubt that moving forward he will get some games. He has won his last two starts and we need to find out about this young goaltender who seems to have some good upside. We will give him a chance tomorrow against the Stanley Cup Champs. He seems mentally ready for it. We will put him in and see what he can do."

1:09PM: Alain Vigneault announced that Alexandar Georgiev will start tomorrow against the Penguins. (NYR)

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In two starts, Alexander Georgiev has two losses but has stopped 71 of 77 shots.

Following last night's game, Vigneault said that Georgiev was "fine," made some "big saves" and gave the Rangers a chance. (NYR Game Notes)

Georgiev said that it was an "awesome atmosphere" and fun to play at MSG. (NYR Game Notes)

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