SAN JOSE – There are not any huge secrets and techniques, no codes to crack for J.T. Miller to get his sport again on monitor.
“Simply deal with the puck. It is not rocket science,” he stated.
Sadly for Miller and the Rangers, he did nothing of the type of their loss to Anaheim on Tuesday, with one ghastly defensive-zone turnover resulting in a Ranger penalty after which the Geese scored a power-play objective, and one other horrible go intercepted for a breakaway, shorthanded objective.
Miller performed simply four:55, glued to the bench for the final two intervals as Alain Vigneault stated Tuesday evening he had “seen sufficient.”
The 24-year-old ahead, usually a winger who’s performed a number of middle this yr due to depth and harm points, stated there is not any level in feeling dangerous for himself and he was concentrating on elevating his sport Thursday evening towards the Sharks, for which backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec was set to begin.
“On the finish of the day, you possibly can X-and-O it as a lot as you need, however I believe I consider myself fairly pretty and I do know that is not adequate,” stated Miller, usually one of many staff’s greatest playmakers. “I am not shocked by what occurred. I am able to play tonight, I am prepared to maneuver on and do not wish to take into consideration the opposite evening an excessive amount of.”
Vigneault stated Miller dealt with his benching professionally and arrived on the rink Thursday morning centered.
“J.T. does a number of good issues on the ice, however generally he places himself in somewhat little bit of hassle with choices with the puck,” Vigneault stated. “Simply must take the high-percentage street and he’ll be in fine condition.”
It was unclear earlier than the sport if Miller would stay at middle. Kevin Hayes, who missed the earlier six video games with a leg contusion, was a game-time determination however stated he felt able to return. Hayes stated Thursday morning he felt the perfect he had since he first suffered the harm in Las Vegas on Jan. 7. He performed the Rangers’ first sport again from their bye week on Jan. 13 towards the Islanders however has been out since.
The Rangers have definitely missed Hayes, who this yr has change into the staff’s prime matchup middle defensively, however everybody concerned has been exercising warning.
“Clearly we’re in somewhat rut proper now. However as an athlete, I believe guys perceive this, you do not wish to put your self in danger at any time going out to play,” Hayes stated. “If you really feel such as you’re able to play, that is whenever you get again to play.”
The Rangers claimed fourth-line ahead Cody McLeod off waivers from the Predators so as to add depth as they have been stung by accidents. McLeod, who in 713 NHL video games has 1,524 penalty minutes and has averaged 10:16 of ice time per sport, shall be with the staff for its first apply after the All-Star break. Daniel Catenacci was despatched again to AHL Hartford in a corresponding transfer.