Georgiev started for the Rangers on Saturday night and made 17 saves on 20 shots. He remains locked in a battle to back up Henrik Lundqvist. Georgiev would have fantasy value in that role. But his development would likely be best served in the AHL, where he would get significantly more playing time.
Georgiev will get the starting nod in Monday's preseason matchup with the Devils, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports. Georgiev is in the midst of a training camp battle with Marek Mazanec and Dustin Tokarski for the No. 2 job behind Henrik Lundqvist. A strong outing by the Bulgarian on Monday could help him avoid another season in the minors.
Georgiev was returned to AHL Hartford on Tuesday. The Russian will pack his bags for Hartford in the wake of news that Henrik Lundqvist (back) will start against the Capitals on Wednesday. Georgiev was shelled for three goals on six shots by the Caps on Monday, but the rookie's otherwise proven that he can hold his own at hockey's highest level. His 2017-18 numbers include a 4-4-1 record, 3.15 GAA and .918 save percentage through 10 games.
Georgiev allowed three goals on six shots before being pulled in the first period of Monday's 4-2 loss to Washington. While this was easily the worst outing of the young Russian's early career, it did come against an admirable opponent. Washington has now won eight of its past nine games and also leads the competitive Metropolitan Division. Overreacting to Monday's poor outing probably isn't wise, but fantasy owners should note that Georgiev likely shouldn't be viewed as a reliable starter in tough matchups. After all, the Rangers have allowed the third most high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes (13.74) in the league since the All-Star break and for the season (13.06).
Georgiev will defend the cage versus the Capitals on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. An injury to Henrik Lundqvist (back) has allowed the Rangers to get a good look at Georgiev, who will be making his eighth appearance in New York's last 11 outings. The netminder has fared well, as he 4-1-1 with a .927 save percentage in his prior seven contests. Once cleared to return, Lundqvist figures to resume the starting job; however, Georgiev may have done enough to secure the backup job heading into 2018-19.
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