The Rangers sent out an email Saturday to inform season-ticket holders that they will be able to begin purchasing two seat “pods” for three upcoming home games, beginning on Feb. 26 against the Bruins.
Amid Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to allow New York arenas to operate at 10 percent capacity, the Rangers announced that season-ticket members will have priority access to purchase tickets at Madison Square Garden across a wide range of price points, starting at $50.
“While we’re not where we want to be yet — with every seat filled — this is an important first step and we want to make sure we are putting our fans first,” read an email obtained by The Post.
The pods were described as socially distanced and consisting of two seats. The exclusive offer begins on Feb. 18 at noon, with tickets available for Feb. 26 vs. the Bruins, Feb. 29 vs. Bruins and March 2 vs. the Sabres.
“Each guest is required to present proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the game you are attending,” the Rangers said. “Season-ticket holders will receive an email with additional safety protocols.”
After being a healthy scratch for five straight games earlier in the season, Julien Gauthier has steadily gained the trust of the coaching staff and earned more ice time.
“Definitely earning more trust, and the better he plays, the more he’s going to play,” Quinn said. “I like what I see out of his game. He’s adding to his game, he’s playing better. And now he’s going to continue to get more opportunity.”
During the 1-0 loss to the Bruins on Friday, Gauthier generated a handful of dangerous chances all on his own, using his 6-foot-4 frame to force his way to the net and get a shot off. He said following practice Saturday that it’s something he’s always tried to do throughout his career, knowing that if his shot doesn’t go in that a teammate could get the rebound.
“There are some things that are out of my control, like my ice time,” he said. “I’m just trying to focus everyday on just trying to be as good as I can, going hard to the net, playing really good in my own zone and hopefully get the coach some more minutes. Some things are out of my control and you can just control my effort, my intensity and hopefully it’s going to start paying off.”
Artemi Panarin missed his second straight practice Saturday after sitting out of Friday’s 1-0 loss to the Bruins with a lower-body injury he sustained in the two teams’ first meeting two days prior.
Head coach David Quinn said he was “hopeful” the star winger would be available for the Rangers’ next game, which is currently scheduled for Tuesday against the Devils.
K’Andre Miller and Ryan Lindgren didn’t skate as well, with the Rangers saying the two defensemen had “maintenance days.”
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