Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Thoughts on J.T. Miller, Marian Gaborik
Marian Gaborik will remain a third-line wing for the moment.
Gaborik, a first or second-liner throughout his career, skated on the right of Brian Boyle and J.T. Miller at practice. Coach John Tortorella said he was "happy with the lines from the last game", and clearly likes Miller's potential.
Gaborik. along with Richards, was on the point during some five-forward drills, under the watchful eye of Torts and assistant Mike Sullivan. Derek Stepan was on the left wall, Rich Nash lower on the right side and Ryan Callahan, who leads the team in power play goals, in front.
Miller, 19, told me that he has passed up shots and wants to shoot more. He had an assist and four shots in 12:33 against Tampa.
“I thought he dipped but the past couple of games he has a good inner confidence about himself to get to the next level,” Tortorella said. “He played a really good game. It wasn’t without mistakes. He’s into it, he wants to stay. He’s going to make that decision for us, with his play.” Asked about coaching the youngster, Torts said: It’s an hourly process with him. He’s an interesting one to me in the right way. I like the kid, I like how he presents himself."
Note: Buffalo's leading scorer, Thomas Vanek, was scratched with some type of injury today against the Devils. Whether he'll dress against the Rangers Sunday is unclear.