Brett Cyrgalis at the New York Post reports that J.T. Miller will make is NHL debut in New Jersey tonight. Here's Miller anticipating tonight's game…
“You dream about this since you’re a little kid. I’m lucky I got an opportunity and I’m going to try and make the best of it; not over-think it and just play my game. Obviously, I’m really excited for it and it’s going to be fun.”
Cyrgalis has this quote from John Tortorella on Miller…
“As coaches, you need to understand there will be some mistakes made. And as we keep going through the process here – and it’s a little bit different in this type of year because you don’t have all the games – as we go through, we’ll make decisions as far as, do we think it’s best to coach him here and coach his mistakes here, or does he need to go back down and continue playing.”
Another player making their Rangers debut tonight will be Darroll Powe, who the Rangers acquired in a trade for Michael Rupp yesterday.
In other line-up news, Steve Zipay at Newsday says Chris Kreider skated with the team during the pre-game skate and was not one of the players that stayed on the ice late to work with the coaches. A likely sign that he will play tonight. Tortorella notes that he will check with trainer Jim Ramsey on Kreider's readiness.
With Kreider likely back and Powe getting to New Jersey today, the Rangers decided to reassign Brandon Mashinter to the CT Whale.
There were no line rushes at practice today so the line-up is still up in the air including who will be at the 6th defensive spot.
According to Blueshirts United, Henrik Lundqvist will be back between the pipes.
…looks like "Mashinter Watch" is back on.
…not that Rangers/Devils needs more juice but adding in a first round pick making their NHL debut definitely has me ridiculously excited for tonight's contest.
…i'd normally be upset with Mashinter being reassigned, but if it means a return of Kreider to the line-up I'm all for it.
…i know with Rupp being traded there's even more need to have Bickel's toughness in the line-up, but man I'd hate to see Gilroy come out.