Note: JT Miller Likely Scratched Tonight/His Last Few Games

JT MILLERWith Ryan Callahan’s return to the Rangers lineup tonight, it appears that JT Miller will be a healthy scratch.

Miller declined to speak with Larry Brooks other than to say that he thinks he is out tonight. Alain Vigneault told reporters that he wasn’t positive on this lineup but was leaning toward Miller being scratched.

Miller has one assist on the year, picked up against Buffalo on Thursday, and in his last five games has played 12:12, 14:58, 12:41, 14:28 and 14:27.

On the year, Miller has 12 shots, 11 hits, 5 blocked shots and is averaging 13:17 per night.

After the first period on Saturday, via Shift Chart, Miller spent most of the rest of the Rangers win over Carolina playing with Taylor Pyatt and Brandon Mashinter.

According to Extra Skater, Miller has been on for 72 shot attempts for and 87 against at 5 on 5. He has been on for 42 shots on goal for and 46 against.

In his last five games though, Miller has been on the ice for 40 attempts for and 45 against.

Adam Rotter: Why Miller is scratched instead of Brandon Mashinter or Taylor Pyatt is a fair question to ask. With Pyatt, the main reason he isn’t sitting probably has to do with him being a penalty killer. Even with Ryan Callahan back, Pyatt has been a guy that Alain Vigneault has put out there consistently this season on the PK.  It’s likely to be a one game thing for Miller who will either return to the Rangers lineup on Wednesday or be sent down since there is no point in sitting him when he can play in Hartford.