Tony DeAngelo has been producing since getting into the lineup

Since returning to the Rangers lineup, after being out for six games, Tony DeAngelo has 1 goal, 3 assists and 6 shots on goal.

He is averaging 17:38 since returning and 18:25 overall on the season.

David Quinn said earlier this week that DeAngelo has “played well” and “done a lot of good things”. (NY Post)

Quinn noted that he has liked how DeAngelo has moved the puck, defended and believes he can be a “well-rounded” player.” (NY Post)

He adds that DeAngelo has been “very coachable” and can handle bigger players because of his quickness and stick. (NY Post)



Updates from Rangers practice on Thursday

4:30PM: Zuccarello won’t make the trip this weekend but Jesper Fast and Brett Howden are both ready to play on Friday. (NYR)

Henrik Lundqvist is slated to start tomorrow and the plan is for he and Alex Georgiev to split the weekend games. (NYR)

1:23PM: Boo Nieves was sent to Hartford.

12:31PM: Mats Zuccarello is not skating today at practice and is being listed as day to day with a groin injury. (NYR)

Jesper Fast is also not skating with what the team is calling a maintenance day. (NYR)

Brett Howden is on the ice at practice today. (Cyrgalis)

The lines being used at practice today are (Cyrgalis):

  • Vlad Namestnikov, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner
  • Jimmy Vesey, Brett Howden, Cody McLeod
  • Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson, Vinni Lettieri

Brady Skjei is skating with Tony DeAngelo, Marc Staal is skating with Neal Pionk and Brendan Smith is skating with Kevin Shattenkirk.



Some of what David Quinn said on the radio earlier today

Rangers coach David Quinn was on ESPN Radio on Wednesday and said:

  • He thinks that Pionk and the Rangers were able to catch Montreal a little bit tired on the game winning goal.
  • On how Pionk has responded to being scratched earlier in the year, Quinn said Neal has made the most of his opportunity since coming back into the lineup.
  • “One of the things I think we have had is a mental toughness and some resiliency. We have been building in this direction, it was a little bit frustrating the first 7-8 games where we were playing pretty well and not getting rewarded. The bottoming out was probably against Calgary where we thought we played really well but lose 4-1 and go into a little bit of a tailspin and ever since that San Jose game we have turned things around a little bit, mentally tougher, haven’t let situations get us down and put us in a position where we have won four in a row.”
  • On hard work, “the league sets that standard, I don’t think anyone goes out there thinking they are gonna be lazy, I think they think they are working hard  but there is a whole new level at this stage where you have to redefine it. The best news for us is that some of our veterans are our hardest working guys and the best way to get the young guys help redefine what hard work is. No one works harder than Hank Lundqvist, Zibanejad works his tail off day in and day out. When you have guys like that setting a great example it makes it easier from a coaching perspective to have the younger players understand what hard work actually is.”
  • On Henrik Lundqvist, “he is such a presence on and off the ice. I’m not surprised he is playing at the level he is at his age. He is a guy that is incredibly committed on and off the ice and is a true professional and takes care of himself away from the rink. He loves playing for the New York Rangers, it means everything to him. He wants to be part of the next run here and as good as he has been on the ice, he’s been that good off the ice.”
  • How do you get players to show up consistently, “that is a challenge for every coach. Everyone is trying to get that out of all of our top players. Hayes and Kreider are two guys that are key for us moving forward. You are not going to have 82 great nights but how bad is your bad? The floor is just as important as the ceiling when watching and evaluating a player. Both of those guys have done a good job of not only raising their ceiling, but their floors. They are not having those really bad nights that can really hurt your team. Both of them want to come back and prove they are part of the future here and I think those things give themselves a chance to have a better season.”
  • “This is a game of will and toughness and when something happens to a teammate you gotta stand up for them. Our guys understand that and it helps bring the team together, rallies the guys and creates a bond that you can carry forward.”
  • On expectations and Chytil and Andersson, “expectations are that we want to win. I know about the letter and the direction we took last year but there is no reason we can’t win. How much? Who knows but on a daily basis we are trying to get better and trying to move forward daily. Chytil and Andersson are a big part of our future. I really liked Filip’s game last night, Andersson came in and did a good job. Howden has been outstanding for us, DeAngelo has played well, Pionk has played well, Vesey, Hayes. We have a lot of good things going. We just want to continue to build daily. The winning and losing takes care of itself.”


Lias Andersson

How Lias Andersson played in his season debut

In his season debut last night, Lias Andersson played 12:17, had three shots on goal, 1 giveaway and was 7 and 2 on faceoffs.

Andersson was also called for high-sticking twice in the game.

By period he had:

  • 4:19 in the first
  • 4:18 in the second
  • 3:40 in the third



4 in a row as the Rangers beat Montreal 5-3

First Period:

  • Tomas Tatar Assists: Jordie Benn, Jeff Petry
  • Chris Kreider Assists: Kevin Hayes

Second Period:

  • Tomas Tatar Assists: Phillip Danault, Brendan Gallagher
  • Max Domi (Power Play) Assists: Brendan Gallagher, Jeff Petry
  • Tony DeAngelo Assists: Kevin Hayes, Jimmy Vesey

Third Period:

  • Pavel Buchnevich Assists: Marc Staal, Kevin Hayes
  • Neal Pionk Assists: Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad
  • Mika Zibanejad (Short Handed) Assists: Vladislav Namestnikov, Brady Skjei



Quinn on Andersson, Howden and Henrik

David Quinn met with the media prior to Tuesday’s game and spoke about Lias Andersson, Brett Howden and more (NYR):

Where will Lias play, “He will be in the middle between Vesey and Quickie.”

On Lias being called up, “We’ve been talking about it for a little while, he’s been playing really well in Hartford, doing all the things we asked him to do. With Howden’s situation we felt it would be a good time to call him up, we are short of centers and it was the perfect time but we have been talking about it for a little while. He’s earned this opportunity.”