I think scratching DZ was the right move. I think he will respond to it well.
He's really young still and of course playing time is the only way to get better, but sitting him one game isn't going to hurt. Young players can't be given a pass throughout the whole season, DZ needs to realize that if he keeps playing bad he isn't going to be in the line up or receive a significant amount playing time.
I'm gonna say this is gonna be a HUGE game. If we lose, we will look back at this game as one of those 2 points that got away. I'm also excited about the Gilroy-Sauer pairing. Sauer has the poise and defensive skill to cover for Gilroy and make Gilroy both comfortable and look good. A confident Gilroy should do well. The bigger issue, however is a consistent Gilroy. That could take more time than Rangers have patience for.
I'd also like to see a MDZ-Sauer pairing for the same reason. I also forgot about that Gary Roberts camp. Doesn't feel like it's helped his game much. I need to watch more games though...
This scratch for DZ should be a wake up call. I agree with the decision and I expect him to come out strong his next game. Also pumped to see the Pack line back together. I see 3 goals coming from that line tonight
No, he needs a deep breath and a game or two off to regroup. The Rangers have thrown a lot at him since the day he walked in the door. He's generally 3-4 in ice time among defensemen. He needs to clear his head a little and play a simple game. I hardly see it as a wake up call, if anything he has been pressing too hard.