12:10PM: Miller is starting for the Rangers tonight. (Rangers)
11:46AM: Miller is skating with Brad Richard and Carl Hagelin during line rushes. (Rangers)
8:34AM: Pat Leonard writes, he calls it a “hunch,” that JT Miller could join the Rangers lineup tonight for game five against the Flyers. (Daily News)
He says that Dan Carcillo could come out of the Rangers lineup after a “forgettable” game four performance. (Daily News)
- John Giannone said on Hockey Night Live that he didn’t expect any changes to the Rangers lineup.
Leonard cites a performance against the Flyers back in October to help make a case for why Miller could return to the Rangers lineup. (Daily News)
Miller said that if he were to enter the lineup he knows he will have to make a defensive play first. (Daily News)
Miller was called up on 4/14 but has not played for the Rangers since being called up.
Alain Vigneault met with the media today following the Rangers practice (via Rangers Report):
- Is there an update on Brassard, “no.”
- Do you expect him on Thursday, “I would say yes.”
- On Mats Zuccarello, “he is a very important player to our group and one of our most consistent offensive players and in our push to get into the playoffs his line with Brassard and Pouliot has been good at 5 on 5 and on the PP and he is a big part of that. He is intense and smart and plays with an edge to his game and we need that from him.”
1:05PM: Alain Vigneault expects Brassard for game one. (Rangers)
11:41AM: JT Miller slots into Brassard’s spot on the second PP unit with Zuccarello and Pouliot. (Gross)
11:35AM: Derick Brassard limped off the ice holding his lower back. (Pat Leonard)
11:20AM: The lines at practice this morning are (Gross):
- Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Marty St. Louis
- Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards, Jesper Fast
- Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello
- Brian Boyle, Dom Moore, Derek Dorsett
The defense pairs are:
- Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi
- Marc Staal and Anton Stralman
- John Moore and Kevin Klein
The extras skating are Dan Carcillo, JT Miller, Raphael Diaz and Justin Falk.
11:19AM: Chris Kreider is the only Ranger not skating. (Andrew Gross)
11:12AM: Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller are both on the ice at Rangers practice today. (Katie Strang)
Steve Mason was on the ice at Flyers practice. (Sarah Baicker)
Since being sent down to Hartford, Miller has 3 goals and 3 assists in 6 games.
The Wolf Pack beat St. John 7-2 last night:
- Chris McCarthy: plus 2, 3 shots
- Conor Allen: 1 assist, plus one, 2 shots, hooking penalty
- Dylan McIlrath: plus one
- Ryan Bourque: plus one, 1 shot
- JT Miller: 2 goals, minus one, 7 shots, high sticking penalty
- Marek Hrivik: 1 goal, plus 2, 4 shots
- Oscar Lindberg: 1 goal, 2 shots, high sticking and slashing penalty
- Danny Kristo: 1 goal, 1 assist, plus 2, 2 shots
The Wolf Pack beat the Bruins 2-1 last night in a shootout:
- Chris McCarthy: 1 shot
- Conor Allen: nothing on scoresheet
- Dylan McIlrath: 2 shots, fight, tripping and roughing penalty
- Ryan Bourque: minus one, 1 shot, interference and slashing penalty. SO goal
- JT Miller: 1 goal, plus one, 3 shots, hooking penalty
- Marek Hrivik: minus one, 1 shot
- Oscar Lindberg: 5 shots
- Jesper Fast: minus one, 2 shots
- Danny Kristo: plus one, 2 shots
After playing the first game of the season, JT Miller was sent down to Hartford on 10/5, called back up on 10/15, sent to Hartford on 11/26, called back up on 12/6, sent down on 12/9, called back up on 12/19, sent down on 1/11, called up on 2/25, sent down on 3/5, called up on 3/26, sent down on 4/2.
Miller has played in 30 games this season, has 3 goals, 3 assists, a minus 6, 18 PIM, 46 shots on goal, 44 hits and 17 blocked shots with an average of 11:27 per game.
In the AHL this season, Miller has 12 goals and 25 assists with a plus 13, 108 shots on goal and 39 PIM
When asked why Miller was sent down on Wednesday, Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that Miller hasn’t earned the right to stay in the lineup on a consistent basis and “he needs to show more commitment on the ice and off.” (NY Post)
He added that hopefully Miller will figure things out and if he does the team will have a good player. If he doesn’t figure things out, Vigneault says that Miller will top out as a “good minor league player.” (NY Post)
6:41PM: The Rangers announcement is below
Miller has been scratched the past two games.
Miller played in two games after being called up last Wednesday, because of Chris Kreider’s injury, and had 3 shots on goal and played 13:19 against Philly and 9:57 against Calgary.
8:17PM: Joe Micheletti said on MSG that the Rangers opted for more experienced players tonight because they feel that while Miller was getting scoring chances, they have enough scoring in the lineup and don’t want to lose based on defense where Miller still needs work.
11:23AM: In his second game with the Rangers after being called up on Wednesday morning, JT Miller played 9:57 through two periods but didn’t take a shift in the third period.
Miller played 4:42 in the first and 5:15 in the second period, was a minus one, had two shots on goal and three missed shots.
Alain Vigneault said after the game about Miller, “I thought the second period there were some offensive opportunities he could have executed better and defensive opportunities he could have executed better and I just felt that I wanted to cut my bench a bit.”