David Desharnais was a healthy scratch for the first time on Sunday in the Rangers win over Ottawa.
Desharnais has 2 goals and 6 assists for the Rangers this season, a minus three rating and an average of 13:28.
He has 0 goals and 3 assists in the past 12 games and was expected to be scratched earlier this month but stayed in the lineup when Boo Nieves got sick.
Alain Vigneault said that Desharnais has been "giving us what we expected," works hard and has a good understanding of the game but sometimes gets "out-muscled" in the defensive zone because of his size.
Vigneault said in the middle of October that Desharnais' game is heading in the right direction.
Desharnais said that thing for him is that if he isn't scoring then he can't be on the ice when goals are scored against saying, that's the big thing." (NY Post)
When Desharnais is on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers have had 175 shot attempts for, 231 shot attempts against, 102 shots on goal for, 124 shots on goal against, 8 goals for and 11 against. (Natural Stat Trick)
He is on a one-year deal worth $1 million.
Adam Rotter: Desharnais is who he is and for the Rangers that is probably a 13th forward that has some offensive upside but is not a full-time answer at center for the Rangers. Desharnais was a low risk signing and worthwhile gamble for the Rangers to take this past summer but if he wants to stay in the lineup he needs to make more of a positive impact. He will likely be scratched against Carolina but at some point he will get back in and have the opportunity, at least 3-5 games, to prove he should stay in the lineup. If he doesn't take that opportunity then it will only increase the Rangers already high pursuit of help in the middle.