Despite solid play of late, Tony DeAngelo and Lias Andersson will be healthy scratches when the New York Rangers face the Edmonton Oilers.
Tony D and Lias were doing the bag skate this morning at Rogers Place. They are both out of the lineup tonight for the @NYRangers game against Edmonton.
— Colin Stephenson (@ColinASteph) March 11, 2019
Throughout the better part of the season, DeAngelo became an integral part of the Rangers blueline. Under head coach David Quinn, he’s flourished with his puck movement of late and has been relatively responsible defensively.
For DeAngelo, it all comes down to maturity issues. He’s been scratched several times throughout his career for those issues alone. We don’t know if that is the reason he’s scratched, but his play lately seems to suggest that is the reason for the scratching.
Talking to Stephenson, DeAngelo did not really have a problem with scratch saying, “We got seven good defensemen. So, the guys gotta play. Freddie (Claesson) hasn’t played in a bit, so, Freddie will play. That’s it. No explanation needed. He’s the coach; we’re the players.”
This will be the 19th game DeAngelo has missed this season.
For Andersson, the scratch continues to be something Quinn uses to help with his development. We’ve seen Quinn scratch younger players all season like DeAngelo, and Filip Chytil. There is just something about watching a game that teaches younger players that playing consistently doesn’t.
Other Game Notes
- Alexandar Georgiev appears to get the start in goal Monday after Henrik Lundqvist got the last two. Lundqvist skated in the morning, which means Georgiev is going to start per Stephenson.
- Quinn mentioned earlier in the month saying how he expects to use some form of a rotation in goal down the stretch.