David Quinn said that he went with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen against Carolina because he wanted to get Tony DeAngelo into the lineup but keep the same six defensemen. (NYR)
DeAngelo played 17:34 in his season debut, had two primary assists, 2 shots on goal, 2 hits, 3 giveaways, 1 takeaway, 1 blocked shot and penalties for roughing and interference.
He played 4:55 in the first period, 5:24 in the second period and 7:15 in the third period with 15:21 at even strength and 2:13 on the PK.
DeAngelo's 7:15 in the third was nearly as much as Kevin Shattenkirk played in total on Sunday (7:29).
When DeAngelo was on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers had 11 shot attempts for, 15 against and 5 shots on goal for and 8 against. (Natural Stat Trick)
Overall, Quinn said that DeAngelo "played well" and that he liked his game. (NYR)
DeAngelo played 11:25 at even strength with Brendan Smith, 1:22 with Brady Skjei and under a minute each with Marc Staal, Neal Pionk and Shattenkirk.
On Tuesday, Quinn said "Tony played well, really well. He made some big time plays." (NYR)
Adam Rotter: Through the preseason and into now, this is the best that DeAngelo has looked as a Ranger. He plays with the kind of edge that David Quinn wants and also has the skill level to help run the PP and create offense. The issue is where he plays and how that impacts the rest of the Rangers lineup. If the Rangers want DeAngelo to play on his right side then either Shattenkirk, Pionk or McQuaid need to sit or Brendan Smith would likely sit and someone else would shift over to make room for DeAngelo. At some point this year, either due to injury or some trades, DeAngelo is going to be in the lineup every night. Right now he is part of a rotation but if he produces when he plays and does what David Quinn wants, it will be hard to keep him out of the lineup. If the Rangers want to go 7 D and 11 forwards, that could work but also keeps someone like Vinni Lettieri out of the lineup. We have seen so far that Quinn isn't afraid to hold players accountable so maybe he will scratch someone unexpected to make things work 12 and 6, but that is something to keep an eye on as we move into the second week of the season.