Rangers recall Nieves, Georgiev
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The New York Rangers made a few roster moves prior to returning from their bye week Sunday afternoon recalling Boo Nieves and Alex Georgiev.

Dom Renna

Following an exciting NHL All-Star Weekend, the New York Rangers are set to get back to work and it all starts with a few roster moves.

The team announced early Sunday afternoon the recall of goaltender Alexandar Georgiev and center Boo Nieves.

Both players were assigned before the Rangers went on their bye week to continue to get some playing time considering they haven’t seen the ice all that much this season. Both have appeared in just 16 games this season at the NHL level.

Over the last couple of weeks, Nieves has seen himself move up the Rangers lineup taking the place of Brett Howden on the Blueshirts’ third line. He’s recorded five points in his last five games while Howden has yet to score a goal since Nov. 12 making the move more understandable.

For Georgiev, while his 3.43 goals-against-average and .895 save percentage are not something to brag about, he has still shown how he’s capable of being a legitimate back-up netminder in the NHL. He struggled down in Hartford allowing 12 goals in the last three games, but the Rangers are just hoping that was a fluke.

Lindgren to Remain in Hartford

One player who was not called up prior to the Rangers returning from the break was Ryan Lindgren.

Lindgren was sent down after appearing in his first three career games where was minus one and had six penalty minutes. Those numbers don’t really do the 20-year-old justice though as he impressed with his positioning and toughness early on.

Him remaining in Hartford could signal that Neal Pionk is ready to return from the nagging injury that kept him out of the Rangers final three games before the break.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.