Mackenzie Skapski being sent down today

Skapski11:56AM: The Rangers have announced that Skapski has been sent down.

10:32AM: The Rangers are sending Mackenzie Skapski down to the AHL today. (Brooks)

Henrik Lundqvist will dress tomorrow in Ottawa and either be the backup or play.  (Brooks)

Skapski stopped 44 of 45 shots he faced in two games against the Sabres.

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From the Rangers: NEW YORK, March 25, 2015 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has reassigned goaltender Mackenzie Skapski to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Skapski, 20, has appeared in two games with the Rangers this season, posting a 2-0-0 record, along with a 0.50 GAA, a .978 SV%, and 1 SO. He earned his first career NHL win while making his NHL debut on Feb. 20 at Buffalo, becoming the third-youngest goaltender in franchise history to record a win in his NHL debut. Skapski also posted his first career NHL shutout while making his second career NHL start on Mar. 14 at Buffalo, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to record his first career NHL shutout in one of his first two NHL starts since Marcel Paille did so during the 1957-58 season.
The 6-3, 191-pounder has appeared in 24 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 12-7-3 record, along with a 2.38 GAA, a .914 SV%, and 2 SO. When he was recalled by the Rangers on Feb. 4, Skapski was tied for fifth among AHL rookie goaltenders in shutouts, was tied for sixth among AHL rookie goaltenders in GAA, was tied for eighth among AHL rookie goaltenders in wins, and was tied for ninth among AHL rookie goaltenders in SV%.
The Abbotsford, British Columbia native was originally selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 170th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.


This kid did better than what could have been expected. I know he beat the worst NHL team in the Sabres, but as a 20-yr old he could have easily faltered under the pressure of the NHL, especially after giving up a goal so early in the first game. While I expected the Rangers to win both games against the Sabres even with Skapski, I expected them to be 4-3 or 5-4 where Skapski would give up some bad goals. That didn't happen and when you make 44 saves on 45 shots you are doing something right regardless of talent on the other team.

If Talbot gets moved, Skapski could very well get a chance next year to earn the back-up spot or even be forced into the position due to the salary cap. Hopefully he plays well back in the AHL and maybe can even lead the Wolfpack to a deep playoff run.

Jason Perry
Jason Perry

Yes. Maybe this weekend he will play.

Andy Kupka
Andy Kupka

Jason Perry u kno what this means. Hank!!!!