Tony DeAngelo a game time decision; Marc Staal good to go from injury

Some surprising injury news today, as Tony DeAngelo looks to be a game time decision due to an undisclosed injury.

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.

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  • Hopefully DeAngelo will be able to go – usually these decisions go the right way, BUT if he cannot go, I hope DQ goes with Raddysh. Raddysh is a right defenseman and so a better fit and I think he is also better than Hajek. He was a good Wolfpack defenseman, Hajek a bad one.

    Yes, Hajek has played with the Rangers before, but they use the same systems in Hartford and so that should not really matter. DQ’s preference of using right guys on the right and left guys on the left also suggests he may do this.

  • Not to worry, Tony will play. The kid is tough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If not, Ray brings up a very good point, DQ likes the righty-lefty combination, so it would be Raddysh.

  • I believe that Tony played the most minutes of any Ranger against the Isles, over 24 minutes. I think he will go.

  • Soooooooo happy hockey is back. Let’s go Rangers!

    For all the “questions” on the goalie and when/who will Quinn pick, the NYR playoff preview on MSG named Igor as the starter already. They were pretty clear that it’s Shesty in net and openly discussed the first playoff start of his career.

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