JT Miller’s recent game and where he struggles

JT MillerJT Miller has played in four games in February and has one assist, a plus four rating, 6 shots and an average of 11:41 per game.

In three of the four games, Miller has had a Corsi of at least 58.06%. (Natural Stat Trick)

Miller has recently been skating with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin on the third line. It was said in January that Miller could be the key to an important third-line for the Rangers.

For more on Miller, click HERE.

Joe Micheletti said that Miller is still learning how not to make “real glaring errors.” He said that Miller is still learning what to do with the puck and that he thinks he has “high upside.” (NY Post) 

Larry Brooks writes that Miller could be expendable from the Rangers because of his “inability” to generate trust from Alain Vigneault. Brooks says that when it comes to Miller and Vigneault, it seems that “one mistake is too many.” (NY Post)

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.

 

Lee Stempniak replaces JT Miller in the lineup tonight

Lee Stempniak returns to the Rangers lineup tonight and will replace JT Miller. (NYR)

Henrik Lundqvist is in net. (NYR)

The lines will be (Cyrgalis) :

  • Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Marty St. Louis
  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello
  • Carl Hagelin, Derick Brassard, Jesper Fast
  • Tanner Glass, Dominic Moore, Lee Stempniak.

JT Miller In, Lee Stempniak out

6:42PM: The lines the Rangers are using at the morning skate are (MSG):

  • JT Miller, Derick Brassard, Rick Nash
  • Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Marty St. Louis
  • Carl Hagelin, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello
  • Tanner Glass, Dom Moore, Jesper Fast

5:03PM: JT Miller rejoins the Rangers lineup tonight and replaces Lee Stempniak. (Zipay)

John Moore remains in the lineup and Henrik Lundqvist is in goal.

Matt Hunwick and JT Miller likely scratched tonight

JT Miller and Matt Hunwick are on the ice for the Rangers optional morning skate today and are the likely scratches tonight against Montreal. (Zipay)

John Moore will be in the lineup for Hunwick tonight. Lee Stempniak comes in for Miller.

Cam Talbot is on the ice as well this morning. (NYR)

Henrik Lundqvist is in goal.

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)