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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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.

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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.