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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman formally announced the league's 24-team return-to-play plan in a video message on Tuesday afternoon, and included good news for Rangers fans. 

Here is everything you need to know from Bettman's announcement, including what it means for the Rangers moving forward…

  •  As of Tuesday, the 2019-20 NHL regular season is officially complete. When play resumes, the top 12 teams in each conference (based on points percentage on the March 12 initial pause date) will make the playoffs, with the remaining seven teams entered straight into the NHL Draft Lottery.
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Dec 8, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Dec 8, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

There are still details to be finalized regarding the NHL's return to finish the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the format has been agreed upon. And it includes the Rangers.

If the NHL hammers everything out, the Rangers will return to the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes in a best-of-five opening round playoff series with a chance to advance from the round of 24 to the round of 16 -- where the top four seeds in each conference will be waiting.

Under the plan, the Rangers would be the No. 11 seed and the Hurricanes would be the No. 6 seed.

Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Igor Shesterkin, Mika Zibanejad, Danny Abriano
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The Rangers have reportedly signed defenseman K'Andre Miller to an entry-level contract, according to USA Today's Vince Z. Mercogliano.

Miller was taken with the 22nd pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and played two seasons at the University of Wisonsin-Madison.

The 20-year old defenseman scored seven goals and dished out 11 assists for the Badgers this season. He also served as an alternate captain for Team USA in the World Juniors in Czech Republic, where the United States finished in sixth place.

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Feb 21, 2020; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) goes past the fans before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Feb 21, 2020; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) goes past the fans before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Rangers team president John Davidson told reporters on Monday morning that G Igor Shesterkin and C Pavel Buchnevich were both involved in a car accident in Brooklyn on Sunday night. 

Davidson said the airbags deployed properly and both players were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. Shesterkin was driving the car and "apparently a vehicle pulled a U-turn in front of them and there was a collision."

They were both admitted to the New York Presbyterian where Shesterkin was diagnosed with a non-displaced rib fracture. He will be reassessed in a couple weeks.

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Feb 1, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Feb 1, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

For the first time in over two years, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout, as New York defeated the Red Wings 1-0 on Satuuday night.

Lundqvist saved 33 shots in Detroit on Saturday and played well down the stretch. Mika Zibanejad scored a power play goal midway through the first period, so the longtime Rangers goalkeeper managed to maintain his composure and help the Rangers hold the lead until the final horn.

The last time Lundqvist had a shut out was back on Nov. 19, 2017, when the Rangers defeated the Senators 3-0. In that matchup -- which was 122 appearances ago for Lundqvist -- he pulled off the shutout on just 20 saves.

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Jan 9, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo celebrates with teammates after a scoring a goal for a hat trick against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 9, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo celebrates with teammates after a scoring a goal for a hat trick against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Tony DeAngelo recorded a hat trick, Igor Shesterkin made 46 saves, and the Rangers doubled up the Devils 6-3 at the Garden on Thursday night.

The first period saw five goals scored, with Artemi Panarin, who has been nothing short of fantastic in his first season with the Rangers, scoring his 24th goal of the season to get the action started. DeAngelo and Chris Kreider then lit the lamp to put the Rangers up 3-1, but Blake Coleman scored for the Devils with under two minutes to play in the period to bring New Jersey back within a goal at 3-2.

Coleman scored again in the second, his 15th goal of the season, to tie the game at 3-3, when DeAngelo took over. The 24-year-old recorded his 10th and 11th goals of the year in the second period, giving him a hat trick and giving the Rangers a two-goal lead.

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As the Rangers welcomed the Colorado Avalanche to the Garden on Tuesday, Igor Shesterkin made his first career NHL start between the pipes for the home team. 

Despite facing an early 2-0 deficit, the Rangers fought back to come away with a 5-3 win.

Less than five minutes into the game, the Avs struck first, after a shot from the point was deflected past Shesterkin by JT Compher, as Colorado scored on their very first shot on goal of the game. 

Tags: Chris Kreider, Igor Shesterkin, Mika Zibanejad, Ryan Strome
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The Rangers announced on Monday that top goalie prospect Igor Shesterkin was recalled from Hartford, and now head coach David Quinn has taken things a step further. 

Quinn told SNY's Chris Williamson after practice that Shesterkin will make his NHL debut by starting in net against the Avalanche at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. 

The 24-year-old has been an absolute brick wall in the AHL this season, leading the entire league in goals against average at 1.93. He also ranks second in wins and save percentage, which is at .932 thus far. Shesterkin's performance had him selected to play in the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic. 

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This past season in the KHL, Rangers prospect Igor Shesterkin was 20-4-4 with a 1.70 GAA and 93.3% save percentage.

In all of his time, including playoffs, in the KHL, Shesterkin is 60-16-15 with a 1.87 GAA and 93% save percentage.

Shesterkin has split time the past two seasons in SKA with Mikko Koskinen but Koskinen has left the KHL and signed with the Oilers.

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Rangers prospect Igor Shesterkin stopped all 23 shots that he faced in a 4-0 shutout of Slovakia in the World Championships.

  • Shesterkin has made three appearances for Russia in the tournament, stopping all 45 shots he has faced in his 140 minutes played.

Pavel Buchnevich appeared to skate on the fourth line for Russia and only played 4:30, with one shot on goal.

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Igor Shesterkin stopped 18 of 18 shots in Russia's World Championship win over Belarus.

Shesterkin was making his first start of the tournament and stopped 4 shots in the first, 6 in the second and 8 in the third.

Shesterkin has made two appearances in the tournament, stopping all 22 shots he has faced.

Pavel Buchnevich played 13:32 in the game, didn't register a point and had 1 shot on goal.

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Pavel Buchnevich & Igor Shesterkin have been named to Russia's team for the World Championships. (Sports.RU)

Buchnevich and Shesterkin join fellow Rangers Chris Kreider and Neal Pionk (Team USA), Mika Zibanejad and Lias Andersson (Sweden) & Filip Chytil (Czech Republic).

Vlad Namestnikov wanted to play but is dealing with an injury.

The tournament begins on Friday in Denmark.

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Igor Shesterkin has been named to Russia's Olympic team for the coming games in South Korea.

Elliotte Friedman wrote in late September that the Rangers are "quietly thrilled" that Shesterkin is making a case to start for Russia in the Olympics and noted that his coach in the KHL is also the coach of the Olympic team. (Sportsnet)

Chris Peters wrote in mid-November that Shesterkin has been a big part of SKA being the best team in the KHL (ESPN Insider)

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