J.T. Miller sent to Hartford
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J.T. Miller, edged out of the lineup by the acquisition of Daniel Carcillo, was sent to Hartford after the Rangers' 3-2 win over the Stars Friday night.
Alain Vigneault said management wanted Miller, 21, to play Saturday and Sunday for Hartford rather than sit with the Rangers. Miller had a goal and an assist in eight games after being called up from the AHL on Dec. 20.
That means Carcillo, who was credited with a team-leading eight hits in 8:38 in his second game as a Ranger, will face another of his former teams, the Flyers, Sunday at the Garden.
Carcillo, 28, was acquired from the Kings for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014. He said before the game that he is starting to feel comfortable but is not in top game shape because he hadn't played for about a month before the trade.
The systems are "a little bit different," he said. "Some things are very similar, some things are just altered slightly . . . It's a matter of getting into games and just helping the team any way I can."
Del Zotto plays well
Michael Del Zotto, who entered the game with an assist in each of the previous three games, did not get a point in 14:47 but blocked three shots and delivered three hits. That included the loudest check of the night, when he lowered the boom on Antoine Roussel along the boards in the second period.
"I think defensively, the last couple games, he's tightened up; he had some issues there for quite a few games," said Vigneault, who recently benched the 23-year-old defenseman for eight games in a 24-game span. "That pair [with John Moore] is usually playing against the other team's third or fourth line. They've got to be on the plus side of the chances."