Rangers sitting Andersson and DeAngelo makes zero sense


I’m going to make this short and sweet. It’s an absolute joke that both Lias Andersson and Tony DeAngelo are sitting out for tonight’s game at Edmonton.

What purpose does it serve the Rangers? They’re playing out the remainder of the schedule. It’s Game 68 of 82. They enter with one win in the past seven (1-2-4). The come from behind 4-2 victory over the worse Devils on Saturday night. At 28-28-12 with 68 points with 14 games remaining, they’re not making the playoffs.

What’s the point in healthy scratching Andersson, who is not playing enough on the fourth line due to some odd reason. Isn’t it about time coach David Quinn finds out a little more about the seventh overall pick from the 2017 NHL Draft? We already know what Brett Howden is. He hasn’t scored a goal in forever. It wouldn’t hurt to bump Andersson into the top nine for a couple of games and see what he can do with real minutes.

As for DeAngelo, I don’t get it. He’s their best defenseman this season. A player who’s responded well to Quinn’s criticism, the skilled right D leads the team in scoring from the blueline with 25 points (4-21-25) and a plus-four rating in 49 games. More than half his 21 assists came in the last month, including a impressive eight game point streak where he tallied nine helpers. It’s 11 since Feb. 4 versus LA.

At this point in the season, I can’t think of one good reason for DeAngelo to sit. Ditto for Andersson, who should be given more of an opportunity.

That’s because there isn’t any reason for it. This is just overkill by Quinn. What’s the point? Excuse me if I decide to tune into more meaningful hockey games later.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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