Rangers Roundup: Tony DeAngelo confident on future, MSGN unveils new player spotlight, and more

The Rangers have a day off today but will be back at it against the Buffalo Sabres at the Garden. Of course, the news doesn’t stop in Rangerstown so let’s check the latest.

DeAngelo not worried about getting dealt

Vince Mercogliano of Lohud spoke with Tony DeAngelo on the upcoming trade deadline and if he had any concerns.

“I don’t really have much of a thought process on it,” the 24-year-old said when asked about the Feb. 24 trade deadline. “Whatever happens, happens. Obviously, I want to stay, but I haven’t even thought into it. We’re hoping to be in a position where either nobody is leaving or we’re buying. That’s the goal.”

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DeAngelo said he “felt pretty confident” that he would remain a Ranger and as I said here, the organization is very impressed with him. Read the rest of the article to get more insight into DeAngelo and his possible next deal as well.

Artemi Panarin will be featured on MSGN

Zibanejad and Panarin (AP)

During tomorrow’s Rangers game, a new feature called “MSG Networks Spotlight” will debut. Fans will get an up close and personal view on superstar Artemi Panarin. Viewers will be given dedicated cameras on the Breadman not just on the ice but on the bench. MSGN will also add custom graphics and an increased two box format to make sure the spotlight stays on Panarin.

The new feature doesn’t stop there because during the intermission the focus will continue with player and reporter interviews that know him well. Finally, for those with the MSG GO app, you can select an exclusive Breadman cam to keep your eyes on him at all times. This is a great new feature and I can’t wait to see other players highlighted.

Pre-Game Notes:

  • All-Time: 77-77-25-5 (43-30-15-3 at home; 34-47-10-2 on the road)
  • 2019-20: Tomorrow’s game is the second of three meetings between the Rangers and Sabres, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following their 6-2 win on Oct. 24 at MSG. Ryan Strome tallied two goals in the game, while Tony DeAngelo (one goal, one assist), Brett Howden (one goal, one assist), and Brady Skjei (two assists) each posted a multi-point game. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to earn the win. Following tomorrow’s game, the Rangers and Sabres will face each other on the following date: Mar. 22 (at Buffalo).
  • New York ranks seventh in the NHL in power play efficiency (23.3%) and is tied for fifth in the NHL in power play goals (40) this season.
  • New York has not allowed a power play goal against in 20 of the last 32 games (84-for-102; 82.4%); the Rangers’ 82.4% penalty kill efficiency since Nov. 23 is the 10th-best in the NHL.
  • The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (eight).

Notes courtesy of the NYR