David Desharnais was scheduled to be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Panthers but found out it was possible he would play at 5:30PM.
Desharnais stepped in for Mika Zibanejad and had 3 assists, a plus one rating, 1 shot that missed the net, 1 hit, 1 blocked shot and 7 faceoff wins and 9 faceoff losses in 14:58.
In total Desharnais was on for three goals for and two goals against, and played 4:34 in the first, 4:19 in the second and 6:05 in the third with 2:27 on the PP.
Alain Vigneault said that he thought Desharnais played well and Chris Kreider praised his Desharnais' professionalism and "playing as well as he did and really carrying our line and carrying our team. That was really impressive and great to see." (NYR Game Notes)
Desharnais said that he always knows where Kreider is going to be on the ice and what to expect from him. (NYR Game Notes)
He said that Kreider is a "pretty easy guy to play with" and that all Desharnais has to do is look for one of the "dirty"areas of the ice and he will be there. (NYR Game Notes)
Desharnais played 6:46 and was a minus two in the Rangers win over Vancouver and was scheduled to be a healthy scratch for the 4th time in 5 games.
This season at 5 on 5, Desharnais has spent the most time between JT Miller and Jimmy Vesey. (Natural Stat Trick)
Adam Rotter: Desharnais is an interesting player for the Rangers. He's relatively cheap, can bring offense and is a veteran, but he struggles defensively and may not get the chance to play with the caliber of player that he did last night. He clicked well with Pavel Buchnevich and Kreider but unless Mika Zibanejad is going to be out of the lineup, Desharnais won't be between those two again. He might be best served as a 13th forward that can step in with some offensive potential but the Rangers may have some better options, maybe Vinni Lettieri, that they can use on a regular basis.