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J.T. Miller could be in lineup for Rangers on Saturday

J.T. Miller and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the

J.T. Miller and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers block the net against Alec Martinez of the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden. (Nov. 17, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Rangers could have J.T. Miller in the lineup against the Devils on Saturday, and perhaps for longer than that.

Miller, 20, who made the roster out of camp and played in the season opener in Phoenix, was recalled Friday from his second stint in the AHL. He had a goal and an assist in 15 games with the Rangers. In six games with the Wolf Pack, Miller had five goals and an assist.

The Rangers did not practice Friday; their charter couldn't leave Buffalo on Thursday because of fog after the 3-1 victory over the Sabres, so it is uncertain how coach Alain Vigneault will deploy Miller, although most likely as a fourth-line wing.

Derek Dorsett (sprained wrist) has missed three of the past five games, and Benoit Pouliot, benched for all but three shifts of the third period on Thursday, could be scratched.

Pouliot, acquired as a free agent last summer, has been demoted to the fourth line. He has two goals and three assists in 29 games, and Vigneault has publicly criticized his lack of focus.

When Miller was sent down on Nov. 26, Vigneault said: "I haven't been able to figure out exactly what J.T. is. Is he a top-six, a third- or fourth-line guy? He is a young player with a tremendous amount of upside. How his development will unfold, I'm not sure, but I am sure he can't develop not playing."

The Rangers also completed a minor trade with the Blackhawks, acquiring Kyle Beach, 23, a tough 6-3 forward who hasn't panned out since being selected 11th overall in 2008, for Brandon Mashinter.

Beach, who has played six seasons in the AHL, will report to Hartford. Mashinter, 25, played six games with the Rangers and 11 games with the Wolf Pack, where he produced a goal and six assists. He was acquired from San Jose last January.

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