Kinkaid stopped 28 of 30 shots Saturday before suffering an undisclosed injury and being replaced by Igor Shesterkin midway through the third period of a 5-4 win over the Bruins. The 31-year-old wound up making nine appearances for the Rangers this season, going 3-2-1, but Kinkaid wasn't credited for the win Saturday as half the game's scoring came after he was forced from the game. Shesterkin should be the No. 1 netminder for the Blueshirts, but Kinkaid could still have a spot on the depth chart next season.
Kinkaid will be promoted to start Saturday's season finale against the Bruins, Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today Sports reports. The Rangers are out of playoff contention, so they'll rest their top two goalies and give Kinkaid the nod for the season finale. Kinkaid has been inconsistent when called upon this season, as the 31-year-old Long Island native has gone 3-2-1 while allowing four goals over the three wins and 13 in the three losses.
Kinkaid made 17 saves in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Capitals. After a scoreless first period, Washington found the back of the net for four straight goals over the next 25-plus minutes of game time, then held on as New York staged a furious third-period rally. Kinkaid had a good beginning to his Rangers tenure but has now allowed five goals in two of his last four starts, and on the season he has a 2.61 GAA with a rough .891 save percentage in eight appearances.
Kinkaid will start in the road crease in Sunday's game versus the Capitals, Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic reports. This comes as a bit of a surprise considering that Alexandar Georgiev is healthy. However, Kinkaid has proven to be solid enough to earn another start. Over the past four games, the 31-year-old Kinkaid has recorded a .906 save percentage and a 3-0-1 record. The Capitals will be a challenging foe, as they've won 13 of their last 15 games while averaging 3.7 goals.
Kinkaid was assigned to the taxi squad Tuesday, per CapFriendly. Kinkaid's move to the taxi squad corresponded with the Rangers activating Igor Shesterkin (groin) from injured reserve. This likely means the 31-year-old Kinkaid will return to a depth role rather than drawing into many games -- he's appeared in seven of the Rangers' last nine contests while Shesterkin was out.
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