JT Miller returns to the Rangers lineup tonight/Jesper Fast scratched

JT MillerJT Miller will return to the Rangers lineup tonight after being a healthy scratch on Saturday night against the Devils. (NYR)

Brian Leetch said recently that JT Miller is a player going through the process but finding his consistency. He adds that Miller is big and strong enough to be a physical player who drives to the net.

Jesper Fast will come out of the lineup and be a healthy scratch. (NYR)

Fast was last scratched on November 17th and has played 15 straight games for the Rangers.

Fast is a minus three in his last four games.

John Moore remains in the lineup for Matt Hunwick. (NYR)

Read: JT Miller won’t be negative about not being in the lineup

JT MillerJT Miller was a healthy scratch on Saturday but said that he won’t be negative about being out of the lineup and that his focus is on working hard in practice to get back in. (Daily News)

Miller said that he feels this stint with the Rangers has been one of his best or his better ones. (Daily News)

He has played in 10 of 11 games since being called up and has four goals, 1 assist and played at least 12 minutes in 7 of the 10 games.

Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that Miller’s game slipped a little bit against the Capitals last Tuesday.

Read: Why JT Miller was scratched last night

Mathieu Garon, J.T. MillerLee Stempniak took JT Miller’s place in the Rangers lineup last night and Alain Vigneault said that he made the decision because he felt it was the “right thing for the team.”

He said that he didn’t want Stempniak sitting out too long and that he felt Miller could have played better against the Capitals.

Miller was “inexplicably” scratched and Larry Brooks says that it reinforces the idea that Vigneault doesn’t trust Miller. (NY Post)

Stempniak played 11:53, had 2 shots on goal, 1 that was blocked, 1 that missed the net, 1 hit, 1 giveaway and a hooking penalty.

At 5 on 5, Stempniak was on the ice for 12 shot attempts for and 3 against. (Hockey Stats)


Practice: Lee Stempniak on a line in place of JT Miller

11:29AM: AV says that Henrik Lundqvist starts tonight but that he hasn’t finalized the lineup yet. (NYR)

Everyone will take warmups tonight. (NYR)

10:46AM: Lee Stempniak is skating with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin at Rangers practice today. (NYR)

Stempniak had missed the last few games because of the mumps.

JT Miller appears to be a healthy scratch tonight against New Jersey. (Zipay)

John Moore appears to be in the lineup for Matt Hunwick as well. (Zipay)

Note: JT Miller went to the locker room

JT MILLER11:39PM: Miller played 39 seconds after returning to the bench.

11:22PM: Miller returned to the bench with 5:48 left in the third period.

12.16.14 | 11:11PM: JT Miller went to the Rangers locker room early in the third period with Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay.

Mark Giordano stepped up and hit Miller at the blue line 5:53 into the third period.

Earlier in that shift Miller was tripped up off a faceoff by Matt Stajan

John Giannone said on MSG, “he knew something was wrong when he got to the bench, screamed an obscenity, summoned Jim Ramsay and they headed off to the locker room. He pretty much knew right away that something was wrong.”

He was hit earlier in the game by Bouma which led to Tanner Glass fighting Bouma.

Miller has played 13:31 tonight and was 4 and 8 on faceoffs. He had 1 giveaway, 3 takeways and 2 blocked shots.