Kristo Scores, Miller Pointless In Wolfpack Loss

Danny Kristo scored his team leading 13th goal in the Wolfpack's 5-3 loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last night.

In his first game since being assigned to Hartford, JT Miller was pointless with a -2 and three shots on goal.

The Wolfpack also received goals from the recently acquired TJ Hensick and Ryan Bourque.

Michael Haley got into his first fight since returning to the lineup from a sports hernia that caused him to miss all of December.

Here's video of Kristo's goal (1:04 mark)…

TheNYRBlog reader johnAMIRANTESrug was at the game and gave this recap…

"Miller was a man amongst boys and showed a lot of puck control skills. Allen looked big, poised, and had good wheels. Fast was underwhelming but is pretty sound defensively. Kristo looked pretty impressive. He's not afraid to throw checks and muck it up but he is still super skilled. Haley fought and got under people skin. Lindburg was a bit of a disappointment. Not a great game from him."

…with the way the Rangers have been playing, unless they completely fall apart or there's an injury, I wonder if Miller might be in Hartford permanently. Which may not be the worst idea. He's been impressive, but there's still plenty of things he needs to work on. The reality is there really isn't a spot for him in the lineup, unless you want him getting nine minutes a night on the fourth line. Not sure how that helps him develop.

…Kristo has been a bright spot down in Hartford all season. All the minutes he's gaining in the AHL should have him ready to make a serious run at a roster spot in camp next season.

…while it's been so far so good for Carcillo, if he falters at any point, I think Haley needs to be recalled ahead of Miller. He brings the same agitating, tough guy style, while also being able to provide some skill. To be honest, I wouldn't be 100% against him being recalled while Dorsett continues to recover from injury anyway. A fourth line of Haley-Boyle-Carcillo would drive opponents nuts. While he's had his moments, I really haven't been all that impressed with D. Moore and think he's easily replaceable.

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