Why JT Miller is scratched again tonight

Lee StempniakAlain Vigneault said today that Lee Stempniak will stay in the Rangers lineup for the second straight game over JT Miller.

Stempniak played 10:24 and had two shots on goal and 1 hit.

Vigneault said that he felt Lee played well, had some good scoring opportunities and was responsible defensively. He said that he felt the “right thing to do” was to stay with the same lineup.

When Stempniak was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had four shot attempts for and 8 against. He started 40% of his shifts in the offensive zone.


JT Miller could be the key to a better third line for the Rangers

J.T. MillerOn Tuesday night against the Senators, JT Miller saw time with Dominic Moore and Carl Hagelin on the third line.

That trio is one that Larry Brooks says “has the look” of one that can give the Rangers top-six “credible” support as the season moves along. (NY Post)

Miller said that he wasn’t surprised that he was a healthy scratch last Friday in Columbus and said that he is trying to learn from his mistakes. He adds that he needs to play a simple game and work better in the defensive zone. (NY Post)

Miller has played 264:35 at 5 on 5 this season and 112:55 of that time has come with Dominic Moore, 100:07 has come with Lee Stempniak and only 48:56 has come with Carl Hagelin. (Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com)

The Rangers third line for most of this season has been Kevin Hayes between Carl Hagelin and Lee Stempniak.

Stats/Read: JT Miller’s return to the lineup/what Alain Vigneault wants to see from him

JT Miller1/19/15 | 10:45AM: JT Miller returned to the Rangers lineup yesterday after sitting out on Friday.

Miller played 15:30 with one shot attempt, blocked and 1 hit.

He played 4:29 in the first period, 5:58 in the second period and 5:03 in the third period.

At 5 on 5, Miller was on the ice for 5 shot attempts for and 14 against. (Natural Stat Trick)

He played mostly with Dominic Moore and Lee Stempniak. (Natural Stat Trick)

Before the game, Alain Vigneault said that Miller has a lot of upside but also a learning curve. He added that Miller needs to make better decisions with the puck but that he is on the “right track.” (Daily News)

Buzz: Teams are asking about JT Miller

JT Miller1/17/15 | 10:21PM: JT Miller is being asked about by “every team” that the Rangers have talked about potential trades with, according to Steve Zipay. (Newsday)

Zipay thinks that Miller would be “in demand” if the Rangers want to go for another “star forward.” (Newsday)

It was said earlier in the year that if the Rangers were to move Miller it should be for a player who could help them go over the top and not for a “band-aid” type of player.

Miller is an RFA after the season.

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Read: JT Miller may have gained Alain Vigneault’s trust

JT MillerWith how JT MIller has played so far this season, Alain Vigneault should be comfortable and confident in the Rangers forward. (NY Post)

Miller says that he is playing with confidence and trying to make skill plays but also smart plays. He adds that he isn’t playing tentative and not afraid to make a mistake. (NY Post)

Sam Rosen said during the Rangers/Sharks game that Miller is likely done with the “yo-yo” of going between Hartford and the Rangers.

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Stats: JT Miller’s return to the Rangers lineup last night

JT MILLER12/31/14 | 5:46PM: Dave Maloney said on MSG, “I thought he was pretty good. He comes into this season doing exactly what coaches and management want. He comes up and has five goals. I think you give him a lot of credit. His game is a bit physical and his last two goals are goal scorer goals. I think he deserves to be in.”

12/30/14 | 11:27AM: JT Miller played 9:09 last night for the Rangers, scored a PP goal, was a minus one, had 2 shots on goal, 1 hit and was 1 and 1 on faceoffs.

By period, Miller played:

  • First Period: 3:40
  • Second Period: 2:41
  • Third Period: 2:47

Miller started 12.50% of his shifts in the offensive zone and when he was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had 8 shots attempts and the Stars had 7. (Natural Stat Trick)

Moore played mostly with Dom Moore (6:38) and Tanner Glass (5:12) and also saw a little bit of time with Kevin Hayes (2:02) and Carl Hagelin (1:27). (Natural Stat Trick)

Ron Duguay said that if Miller plays defense and is on the right side of the puck things will work out for him. (MSG)

Steve Valiquette said that Miller responded to being a healthy scratch in the same way that Ryan Callahan did when he was a rookie, by scoring a goal. (Vally)