When he did his pregame media briefing Friday, Rangers coach David Quinn couldn’t confirm what his lineup would look like because, the coach said, "We still got a couple things pending here where we’ll know a clearer picture this afternoon what our lineup will look like.’’
The "things pending’’ turned out to be that defenseman K’Andre Miller, who missed Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia because he was placed on the COVID-19 list that day, came off the list and played in the Rangers’ 6-2 win over Boston.
Miller, the 21-year-old rookie who has been a revelation for the Blueshirts, had missed two games with an upper-body injury before returning to action last week in a win over Washington.
Then he turned out to be a last-minute scratch against the Flyers. Players who are put on the COVID-19 list don’t necessarily have the virus. Sometimes they are deemed close contacts of someone who tested positive, or perhaps they are the victim of a false positive or inconclusive test.
That left forward Kaapo Kakko as the only Ranger on the list as of Friday’s faceoff. Kakko, who also missed a game because he was on the list earlier this season, missed his third game since going on the list just before the game in Washington.
Miller had a goal and three assists in 14 games and was tied for the team lead in plus/minus with Kevin Rooney at plus-5. He partnered with Brendan Smith on the second defense pair, played 21:13 and took a holding penalty.
Anthony Bitetto came out of the lineup to make room for Miller. Bitetto had played in nine straight games.
With Bitetto coming out, Jack Johnson remained in, and he partnered with Libor Hajek on the third defense pair.
Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren each had two assists. Fox was a plus-2 and Lindgren a plus-3. Alexandar Georgiev made 31 saves and won his second straight game, improving his record to 3-2-2.