Rangers recall Gilmour and Lettieri
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With injuries on the blueline and Filip Chytil out Tuesday, the New York Rangers recalled John Gilmour and Vinni Lettieri on Monday. 

Dom Renna

The New York Rangers have recalled defenseman John Gilmour and forward Vinni Lettieri from the Hartford Wolf Pack late Monday afternoon.

Both Gilmour and Lettieri are having outstanding seasons down in Hartford despite the Wolf Pack struggles this year.

Gilmour’s scored 20 goals and picked up 33 assists leading Hartford on the blueline after his cup of coffee with the Rangers a season ago. He showed some promise while he was up with the Blueshirts in 2017-18, but was ultimately left off the roster with plenty of defensemen to choose from.

For Lettieri, this will mark the third time he’s been recalled this season after making the team out of training camp. While he’s yet to find his way at the NHL level, Lettieri continues to dominate in the AHL scoring 23 goals and 23 assists this year. He’s yet to record a point at the NHL level in 15 games this season.

This seems to be a second chance for both Lettieri and Gilmour with Libor Hajek expected out for the remainder of the season and Filip Chytil expected to miss Tuesday’s game with the flu.

The Blueshirts have 10 games remaining this season and it looks they will be using those games to evaluate two of the best players on the Hartford roster this season. We’ll have a better understanding of their roles Tuesday prior to the Rangers game against the Penguins.

Other Rangers News And Notes

  • Henrik Lundqvist will get the start in goal Tuesday night. He is 2-7-3 with a .912 save percentage and a 3.00 goals-against average in his last 12 games.
  • Jesper Fast missed practice Monday with yet another maintenance day. This is nothing new for Fast who’s consistently missed practice the last few weeks with a nagging injury, however, he’s expected to skate in Tuesday night’s game.

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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.