Alain Vigneault said on breakup day that you need to add young players to your lineup and cited how the Kings best line in the Stanley Cup Final was Jeff Carter between young players Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli.
Larry Brooks writes that for the Rangers, JT Miller needs to be a player who steps up and with his size and speed take claim as the third-line center. (NY Post)
Brooks notes that the Rangers players noticed that Miller only came to training camp last season the day before it opened while many of the players had been skating together for a few weeks. (NY Post)
Glen Sather said at the draft, “We expect Miller to come to play this year and he probably would have played in the playoffs if he didn’t have a separated shoulder. He is young, fits into the price range, going to develop into a very good hockey player and he had a lot of growth this year and did well.” To read more of this story, click here
7:43PM: Vigneault said that Miller will not be with the team for the “next couple of days.”
5/26/14 | 6:37PM: JT Miller did not make the trip to Montreal. (Bruce Garrioch)
Alain Vigneault says t hat Miller has an upper body injury. (Zipay)
5/25/14 | 11:56PM: Alain Vigneault said that Miller was so out of the flow of the game that he didn’t want to risk it. (NHL.com Stream)
11:26PM: Miller did not play a shift after he suffered his injury. To read more of this story, click here
Alain Vigneault said yesterday that JT Miller will return to the Rangers lineup tonight.
Vigneault (via the NHL) said that Miller has been “all right” in the other playoff games he has played in and has a good skillset, good shot and goes to the net hard. He said that Miller doesn’t mind going into the tough areas and Miller has been with the team in all of their video sessions and meetings during the playoffs.
Vigneualt added that Miller is working hard and still going through the process of becoming a good pro.
Brad Richards says that Miller has brought energy to the Rangers and done a good job when called upon. Richards said that Miller brings different things to the Rangers and that he can score and make a big play.
Miller has played in three playoff games this season, has two assists, 2 shots, 8 hits and an average of 11:18 per game.
When Miller is on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers have 55.9% of the shot attempts.
JT Miller, David LeNeveu, Justin Falk and Jesper Fast.
Jesper Fast, JT Miller and Raphael Diaz all entered the Rangers lineup last night and replaced Dan Carcillo, Derek Dorsett and John Moore.
Alain Vigneault said on MSG after the game that he didn’t want to go into all the reasons why he made the changes but having fresh legs was part of it.
Diaz was paired with Kevin Klein and played 19:30, with 6:18 coming on the PP. He took six shots on goal and had three of his attempts blocked. Diaz also had one hit and one blocked shot.
- First Period: 6:01
- Second Period: 7:07
- Third Period: 6:22
He played mostly against Matt Miskanen, Olli Maatta, Brandon Sutter, James Neal, Beau Bennett and Jussi Jokinen.
At 5 on 5, Diaz was on the ice for 13 shots for, 6 against and 7 shots on goal for and 1 against.
Dave Maloney and EJ Hradek said on MSG that they felt Diaz brought some new life to the power play.
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1:45PM: Miller said that he had a lot of nerves before the game, especially as he was out on the blue line during the National Anthem. (Rangers)
Miller said, “some guys said to just do your thing. Hags and Brad helped me through the game to calm my nerves, especially Brad. He was really supportive of me and told me to play my game and keep moving and be smart.” (Rangers)
12:34PM: In his first career playoff game, JT Miller played 10:22, had an assist, one shot on goal, two shots that missed the net, 2 hits, 1 takeaway and one blocked shot.
When Miller was on the ice at 5 on 5, with Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards, the Rangers had 42.9% of the shot attempts.
Brad Richards said that he thought Miller was great, brought energy, held onto pucks and played a “fearless” game. Richards said that Miller has the type of character where you could tell he wouldn’t be overwhelmed by the pressure of the playoffs. (Ranger Rants and ESPN NY)
During his post game press conference, Alain Vigneault was asked about Miller and said:
- On JT Miller, “I thought he played well and brought us a good skill level, made some good plays. I was just thinking that he might be able to help us out and I thought he did a good job tonight.”
- Did you put him in because of his speed, “he brings something else that Dan brings, Dan brings a lot of good things, the energy and physicality but JT brings a higher skill level and protects the puck a bit better and I thought that would help us.”
- Did you start JT to break him in for the playoffs, “no…just (motions rolling of dice and laughs) just kidding”
Miller said he was just excited to be getting another chance. (NHL.com)
Arthur Staple writes that Miller played with a “jet pack” on his back all game long. (Newsday)
Dave Maloney said on MSG that there are thoughts that Miller isn’t NHL ready to defend but that doesn’t matter if you are up the ice and have the puck.
Miller was given the Broadway Hat after the game.