After Saturday’s dominating performance against the Islanders, the Rangers appear to be keeping the same lineup. Specifically, there are no changes on the defense pairs. This means Tony DeAngelo will be a healthy scratch tomorrow for the Rangers against the Devils.
D pairs during this most recent drill were…
Lindgren – Trouba
Johnson – Fox
Miller – Smith
Bitetto – DeAngelo
Further indication that they'll remain the same from Saturday and Tony could be scratched again. #NYR
— Vince Z. Mercogliano (@vzmercogliano) January 18, 2021
This isn’t a surprise, as David Quinn rarely changes the lineup after a win. This is especially true after such a dominating performance.
The Rangers leaving DeAngelo as a scratch is likely a temporary thing, as he is definitely better than at least one defenseman in the lineup. It’s not something to be overly concerned about. The question will be who he replaces once he is back in the lineup.
The other question will be whether or not he learned his lesson about boneheaded penalties.