JT Miller is fitting in with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello

JT MillerPrior to Saturday’s win over Carolina, Alain Vigneault said that he thinks JT Miller can fill the role that Benoit Pouliot had last season on a line with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. (NY Post)

Vigneault said that Pouliot was a hard player on the puck and that he had been wondering how Miller would fit in the role. (NY Post)

Miller has 2 goals, 3 hits and an assist in the past two games while skating with Brassard and Zuccarello, playing 16:09 on Saturday and 12:40 on Sunday.

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This past weekend for JT Miller

JT MillerOn Saturday against Buffalo, JT Miller played 10 minutes, had 1 shot on goal, 3 shots that missed the net, 1 hit and a hooking penalty.

Miller played 3:42 in the first period, 5:17 in the second period and only 1:01 in the third period with his last shift ending with 12:44 to go in the game.

On Sunday against Florida, Miller played 11:02 with 4 shots on goal, 1 shot blocked, 1 that missed the net, 2 hits and going 2 and 2 on faceoffs.

Miller played 5:10 in the first, 3:47 in the second and 4:23 in the third period with his last shift ending with 3:25 to go in the game.

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What Alain Vigneault said before the game about Tanner Glass, JT Miller and more

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault spoke with the media prior to the game and said (NYR):

Tanner Glass a “deterrent” on the ice, “he is a guy who gets in on the forecheck. there is a lot of game within a game that goes on, a lot of chirping and you need to make sure that you play whistle to whistle but that when you have an opportunity to be physical you do that and Tanner gives us that element against certain teams.”

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The little line change that was made between Chris Kreider and JT Miller last night

Kreider6:11PM: Kreider will start with Stepan and St. Louis and Miller will start with Hayes and Hagelin. (Gross)

4:49PM: Last night against the Islanders, Chris Kreider played 13:51 and JT Miller played 12:48.

  • Miller played 4:03 in the first, 3:45 in the second and 5 minutes in the third.
  • Kreider played 5:44 in the first, 4:34 in the second and 3:33 in the third.

Kreider started the third period with Marty St. Louis and Derek Stepan before being put on the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass. He played one more shift with St. Louis and Stepan, around the mid-point of the period, but spent most of it on the fourth line.

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JT Miller’s last little stretch for the Rangers

JT MillerJT Miller has one goal and seven assists in his last 22 games but has played in 14 straight games which is his longest consecutive streak of the season.

He is averaging 12:00 per game in his last 14 games and has 21 shots on goal.

In his last 14 games, Miller has a Corsi of 57.45% and has been on for 9 goals for and 5 against. (Natural Stat Trick)

Miller said recently that it’s easier to get into a groove and a role being in a set spot like he is now on the third line.

Pierre McGuire said last Saturday against the Flyers that Miller had “something in the tank” that night.

Following that game, Alain Vigneault said that Miller played “extremely hard,” was hard on pucks and had a good game.”

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