Once he got a chance to get in the lineup, defenseman Fredrik Claesson played so well that coach David Quinn couldn’t take him out. But an upper-body injury that caused Claesson to miss Friday’s practice and leave Saturday’s practice early forced him to miss Sunday’s game after having played in four straight.
The injury “doesn’t seem to be long term,’’ Quinn said. But with Claesson out, the coach got a chance to insert Adam McQuaid, who had sat out the previous two games.
Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and forward Ryan Spooner were the other two scratches. For DeAngelo, it was the sixth time in eight games he’s been a healthy scratch. It was Spooner’s first scratch of the season. He was replaced in the lineup by Cody McLeod.
“I just think there’s more there,’’ Quinn said of Spooner. “He and I have talked about it — he’s a really good player. We just need him to play to his ability.’’
As for DeAngelo, he cannot go to the minor leagues to get ice time — as goaltender Alexandar Georgiev did Thursday — without clearing waivers. Quinn said “there’s been no discussions about that as of right now.’’
DeAngelo has sat out four straight games, and Quinn made it clear he wants him to pick up his game.
“Tony knows what he needs to do,’’ Quinn said. “We’ve had good conversations and he understands what’s expected of him and he knows what he needs to do to get back in the lineup.’’
Before the game, a moment of silence was observed for former Islanders owner Charles Wang, who died Sunday . . . McLeod was involved in a first-period scrum that ended with him being escorted to the penalty box. However, no penalties were called, and after sitting in the box, McLeod was told to return to the bench . . . Georgiev, who played for AHL Hartford on Friday and Saturday, was outside the Rangers’ locker room after the game, suggesting he will be recalled in time for Tuesday’s game against Florida.