Despite Derek Dorsett being healthy and ready to go, Alain Vigneault has decided to insert JT Miller into the lineup tomorrow night against the Backhawks instead.
Vigneault says he decided to go with Miller, who will skate on a line with Beniot Pouliot and Derrick Brassard, because he is more of an offensive guy. Vigneault added that he wanted Dorsett to get a few more days of practice before inserting him into the lineup.
Here were the lines at practice…
…obviously, this is the move I've been hoping for, so I couldn't be happier with AV's decision. Dorsett will eventually be back in the lineup, but the Rangers need to find a way to compensate offensively for the loss of Zuccarello and he doesn't do that.
…i'm actually surprised to see Callahan will be in the lineup. If the Rangers truly are looking to move him, why would they risk injury?
On the injury front Marc Staal (back) practiced again and said if he feels the same tomorrow morning he'll be ready to play against Chicago.
In other positive injury news, Mats Zuccarello (fractured hand) skated with the goaltenders this morning, however, he exited the rink once practice began.
…i know Zuccarello merely skating with the goaltenders doesn't change his return timeline, but it's better than hearing he's not even on the ice.
Also at practice, Vigneault confirmed that Henrik Lundqvist will start Saturday night in Philadelphia, but didn't name his goaltender for Sunday against the Bruins.
…if Lundqvist is sitting out tomorrow against the Blackhawks, his ass better be between the pipes on Sunday when Boston comes to town.
Finally, Ryan Callahan said he didn't want to discuss trade rumors with the media today.
Here's video of Vignuealt's post practice presser…