The Rangers have announced that JT Miller will be inserted into the lineup against the Devils tonight with Beniot Pouliot being the healthy scratch. Taylor Pyatt will remain in the lineup as Derek Dorsett continues to be bothered by his injured wrist.
After this morning's practice, Miller discussed how he wants to improve his game…
"I am real excited to be back and I want to concentrate on playing well at both ends of the ice, use my body more, too"
Here's Alain Vigneault on Miller…
"It was time to give him another look considering how some of our guys are playing & with the injury to Dorsett"
Vigneault added that Pouliot has been given a fair opportunity, but has not lived up to expectations. He also says his top lines could see more minutes during the homestand.
Miller skated on a line with Derreick Brassard and Carl Hagelin during the morning skate.
…man, it's too bad that Dorsett is hurt, because I'd be really loving the lineup tonight.
…big opportunity for Miller on a line with some skill players. No excuses if he can't generate offense in the next few games with those linemates.
…really like hearing him emphasize that he wants to play a more physical game. Could help open up ice for Brass and Hags.
Another lineup change will be the re-insertion of Justin Falk on defense for Michael Del Zotto.
Vigneault has recently said the Rangers opponent would likely dictate his decision on whether to play Falk or Del Zotto (via New York Post)…
“Both Michael and Falker, it depends more on the [opponent]. If you think you need a little more bite [it’s Falk] or you think you need a little more puck movement [it’s Del Zotto].”
…if that's Vigneault's mindset, then he absolutely made the correct decision tonight. Rangers/Devils games are always a tough, physical affair. Also consider Del Zotto's past abysmal play against the Devils (see 2012 Eastern Conference Finals).