Update, 12:10 p.m.:
#NYR Lineup Update: Ryan Callahan returns from knee injury…J.T. Miller scratched…Lundqvist in goal..Del Zotto and Falk scratched on D
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 3, 2014
Alain Vigneault says Miller's been playing well but it's a numbers game.
…hey, at least Del Zotto's not playing.
Original Post, 10:00 a.m.:
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that once Ryan Callahan returns from injury, possibly as early as tonight in Pittsburgh, JT Miller is likely the odd man out.
Brooks speculates that Callahan would be inserted on the second line with Richards and Zuccarello, while Brassard would slide down to Miller's spot centering Benoit Poiliot and Carl Hagelin on the third line.
Brooks adds that Callahan could replace Kreider on the second power play unit or AV could move Stepan to the point on the second unit which would bump Moore or Stralman off the power play.
…i don't like this one bit. I know Callahan has to be put back into the lineup, but since Miller's return from Hartford he has stabilized the lineup and is the reason for improved play of both Pouliot and Hagelin. If he's a healthy scratch, what is the long term plan with Miller? Will he remain with the Rangers to be a perennial press box spectator or is he headed back to Hartford? Whether it's with the Rangers or the Wolfpack he needs to be playing. Maybe a fourth line role could be in his future with either Moore or Boyle taking a seat. I guess the depth is a good problem to have, but I'd hate to see a young promising prospect get screwed.
..it'll never happen, but Richards needs to be the guy in the press box. I know he had a big shootout goal in Florida, but he's not doing enough in regulation to warrant a guaranteed spot in the lineup. He's currently scoreless in the last 11 games with a -7.
…taking Kreider off the power play would be the height of stupidity. Stepan at the point, while I don't love that idea, is the better option.