Tony DeAngelo will be a healthy scratch for the Rangers in Saturday’s rematch against the Islanders.
The Rangers defenseman skated with the taxi squad Friday after getting called for an unsportsmanlike conduct 1:05 into the third period of Thursday’s 4-0 loss to the Isles. DeAngelo, who has been a healthy scratch before under head coach David Quinn for what the coach described last season as “maturity issues,” slammed the penalty box door and yelled at the refs after committing a holding penalty.
“Listen, there’s just a lot of things that go on that we’re going to keep in-house, and this is one of them,” Quinn said prior to Saturday’s contest at Madison Square Garden. “Tony and I have talked about it. There’s clarity on what happened here. It was the right thing to do and he’ll be back in the lineup soon.”
Asked if he would scratch any other player in the lineup if they conducted himself the way DeAngelo did Thursday, Quinn said he would and that it didn’t have anything to do with the fact that it was a repeat offender in DeAngelo.
“This would’ve happened with any player, it has nothing to do with Tony,” he said.
As a result, the defensive pairings will likely look a lot different after the way Quinn switched them up in Friday’s practice. Ryan Lindgren skated with Jacob Trouba, Jack Johnson was on Adam Fox’s left and Brendan Smith was on the right with K’Andre Miller.
Kevin Rooney, who had to be helped off the ice early in the third period Thursday after getting blindsided without the puck by Ross Johnston, won’t be in the lineup Saturday. He did not skate Friday and is considered “day-to-day.”
Alexis Lafreniere took reps on the right wing of the second line with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome in Friday’s practice, while Kaapo Kakko was demoted to the third line. Quinn was asked if he had a conversation with the 2020 No. 1 pick about moving to his offside.
“It’s always funny when you ask a player if they’re comfortable playing the offside, if it looks like it’s an opportunity to get more ice time they always say yes, whether they actually are comfortable or not,” he said. “That being said, I think if we do do that, he’s skilled enough and smart enough and good enough to handle it.”
The Islanders loaned Josh Ho-Sang to the Swedish Hockey League’s Orebro HK for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
The Post reported that Ho-Sang intended to play for the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport if that was what the organization wanted. But after the 24-year-old was not invited to training camp before clearing waivers last week, it became clear the Islanders didn’t intend to use him during the 56-game season.