The Rangers (4-3) defeated the New Jersey Devils in overtime by a score of 4-3. For the scoring report, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves, the Rangers took 25 shots on goal.
The Rangers beat the Sharks 4-0 to level their record at 3-3-0 on the young season. The regulation loss was the first for the Sharks, who were playing their third game in four nights. Lundqvist stopped all 33 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season.
An update of prospect scoring so far:
Adam Tambellini had 2 goals and 1 assist in 3 games last week. Troy Donnay had 3 assists in a single game played. His 6 points in 3 games this season is already nearly a third of his total of 19 points in 66 games last season. Overager Daniel Walcott had a goal and 3 assists in 2 games last week. Keegan Iverson continued his slow start on the scoresheet, going scoreless in 2 games. Ryan Mantha was held off the scoresheet in one game last week.
Despite a dominant performance, the Rangers were forced to eek out a 2-1 shootout victory on Thursday over the Carolina Hurricanes. Next up for the Rangers are the San Jose Sharks late Sunday afternoon. A win would move the Rangers’ record back up to .500.
By now I’m sure you have heard that J.T. Miller was assigned to Hartford after just three games played and a pair of healthy scratches. Questions surrounding Miller’s future are nothing new, and his most recent failed attempt to establish himself in the NHL have amplified those concerns. Miller was held off the scoresheet in each of his three games and his -4 rating provided ample ammunition for the critics of his play in the defensive zone. Jared is someone whose opinion is to be trusted, and he thought Miller ‘looked particularly horrid‘ in his three games.
I’m currently in Sweden, where I’ll be studying abroad until mid-December, so it has been a challenge for me to watch the Rangers live, and thus, offer an opinion on J.T. Miller. But I do have an NHL GameCenter account, so I went back and watched all of Miller’s shifts this season and made a .gif when I deemed something worthwhile. (Click to animate each in a new tab.) To borrow a line from Eric Tulsky, the goal of this exercise is to ‘record all of the small things lost to memory that add up to something significant.
The Rangers announced they have recalled Chris Mueller from Hartford and demoted J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast.
The Rangers moved Martin St. Louis back to wing in the second half of last night’s game, leaving the team with three centers. As J.T. Miller isn’t a reasonable option to center a fourth line that gets mostly defensive zone shifts, calling up the more refined Mueller was necessary.