Read: Will JT Miller Come Out Of The Lineup When Ryan Callahan Is Ready?

JT Miller

12:09PM: Miller is out tonight and Alain Vigneault says that it’s because of the numbers game. (Steve Zipay)

8:22AM: JT Miller is the most likely forward to come out of the lineup when Ryan Callahan is ready to return to the Rangers lineup, which could happen as early as tonight. (NY Post)

Callahan would likely join Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello on the second line with Derick Brassard replacing Miller as center on the third line between Carl Hagelin and Benoit Pouliot. (NY Post)

Miller has been playing his most consistent hockey lately but doesn’t have a spot if he isn’t in the top-nine, since the fourth line of Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett will likely stay intact. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: It becomes a numbers game and Miller still has the option to go to the minors without going through waivers so he will likely be the one to come out. People will want Brian Boyle out of the lineup for Miller but Boyle, for all his ineffectiveness in the offensive zone, is a valuable penalty killer for the Rangers. If it is Miller that is scratched they should send him down and call someone else up, Darroll Powe maybe, to be the extra forward after this weekend’s games. Miller needs to play and continue on the path he has forged in his last few games.




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rkj473
rkj473

Meanwhile Brian Boyle continues to be a black hole. If it wasn't for faceoffs (and to a lesser degree the pk) he wouldn't have a job.


For someone who plays over 12 minutes every game, this guy doesn't put up any points. In 41 games this season he has 8 points, Miller has 3 in 21 games. I guess you could make a case for both, but Miller being the younger player is going to be the obvious choice.



KreiOfTheTiger
KreiOfTheTiger

dumb. just dumb. look what happens when u over promote players. u now have to put them in top roles.

Bobby Wahler
Bobby Wahler

@rkj473 If you try to bring points into the equation Boyle is STILL the better choice to stay in the lineup. Miller is on pace for 5 points in that same time frame. So even though they're both awful Boyle would still have 3 more points.  Thats even with Boyle playing less minutes in offensive situations playing only 17 seconds, on average, on the powerplay per game. While Miller averages nearly a minute.  Boyle is also more valuable to the PK. JT hasn't even played ONE second on the PK all year. Boyle is also on the FOURTH line. You people are so crazy to think that Boyle should come out of the lineup. If he did that would put JT on the 4th line. Then you would complain that he's not playing with enough talent. Jt is also young, so he would be better suited to play more minutes. The only way that would happen is in the A. 

Bobby Wahler
Bobby Wahler

@CryOfTheTiger If it's so dumb please tell me who you think should come out of the lineup? Pouliot? lol Dorsett? And if you say Boyle you're a joke. Anyone who ACTUALLY knows the Rangers and hockey knows that Boyle is actually very important to the lineup. So please tell me.

rkj473
rkj473

@Bobby Wahler @rkj473 I get what you're saying, but Miller doesn't play the amount of minutes Boyle plays. If Miller received the minutes Boyle gets, I'm sure he would have more points than Boyle in 41 games.


And I'm not trying to discredit the things Boyle does for the team, as I clearly mention it above, all I am saying is for the amount of time he spend on the ice (over 12 minutes a game) he should have more than 8 points in 41 games.


i get the Miller argument, but Miller is a bigger threat to put up points than Boyle is. Even though what Boyle brings is more valuable to the Rangers right now. With Cally returning, you could make the case that Cally could replace Boyle on the pk, however you do loose alot on faceoffs.

Bobby Wahler
Bobby Wahler

@rkj473 @Bobby Wahler See that's where you're wrong. Miller plays the same amount of minutes as Boyle. Well, not technically. But look at it this way. Boyle plays 11 minutes per night even strength. Miller plays 10. BUT Miller plays a minute per night on the power play, where its much easier to get points. Boyle plays 17 seconds. That pretty much evens them out. Boyles extra 2+ minutes per game come on the PK. And anyone who thinks Boyle should be getting points on the PK has no right watching hockey. I agree that he should be scoring more, BUT he's a 4th liner with 8 points in 41 games, leads the team in faceoff wins and percentage and leads all forwards in blocked shots. Regardless of the lack of scoring from him he's more valuable to the team than JT. Plus, he's a good locker room presence.