Interesting stuff here… DQ said that Marc Staal practiced, but Tony DeAngelo didn't. He's a game-time decision.
No goalie announcement yet. He said they'll save that for tomorrow. #NYR
— Vince Z. Mercogliano (@vzmercogliano) July 31, 2020
This is surprising, since DeAngelo didn’t have anything glaring happen during Wednesday’s loss. Marc Staal, who missed the third period of the exhibition matchup, is good to go.
Without DeAngelo, the Rangers would likely run Libor Hajek with Staal in extremely limited minutes. The other two pairs work, so it makes sense not to break them up. Another option is to revisit the Hajek-Trouba pairing, putting Brendan Smith with Staal on the third pair.
Either way, a Tony DeAngelo injury hurts their chances of getting this series started off right.