Read: John Tortorella Is Really Encouraged By JT Miller/Calls Him A Dummy

JT MillerWith Brad Richards out of the lineup, JT Miller will center the Rangers second line for the second straight game.

  • Miller played a career high 18:40 on Tuesday and was 50% on faceoffs.
  • Against the Islanders, Miller played 17:56, had three shots, one hit, one blocked shot and was 6-1 on faceoffs.

Joe Micheletti said after the game against the Flyers, “I thought this might have been JT Miller’s best game. His poise with the puck, the way he made plays. He showed all kinds of poise.”

Joe repeatedly said last night that someone needs to check Miller’s birth certificate because he doesn’t look like a 19-year old on the ice and plays like a veteran.

John Tortorella said, “I think he is learning. I think he has played well. He has been hard on the puck. He wants to understand away from the puck. He knows that it gets him back on the ice. For a first whack at this and sticking as long as he has, it’s really encouraging.”

After yesterday’s game against the Islanders, Tortorella said of Miller “he is still a dummy sometimes, but he continues to try and make a difference. He has an aggressive mindset that we need to watch, but I would rather have it that way. That is a good sign for a kid.”

Tortorella said recently, that Miller still has a lot to learn and that the decision of whether Miller will stay will be up to how he plays. He added that Miller is “an interesting one” and likes how he presents and handles himself.

Miller told the Daily News recently that he doesn’t want to be a player who “blends in.” He wants to be a player that will make a difference.

He told the NY Post that he doesn’t want to skip any levels of “the process” and is only concerned with getting better in every game.