While the New York Rangers attempt to foil the Washington Capitals as they did in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinal, they might be without one of their key young forward in J.T. Miller. The 20-year old center is listed day-to-day with a left wrist injury that occurred in Thursday’s contest against the Florida Panthers.
“I tried shooting, but when I put pressure on my stick, it’s like the tendons there are really loose … It’s tough to shoot,” Miller said, via the New York Daily News. “It’s just pretty swollen. When I go to shoot and put pressure on my bottom hand, I can feel it pop in and out, so I have to just wait and see.”
This leaves the roster relatively thin with 48 players listed, especially with the waiving of veteran Jeff Halpern on Friday. The Rangers have called up center Kris Newbury from the AHL as an apparent temporary replacement for Miller.
Miller was the 15th overall pick of the 2011 draft for the Rangers and has tallied four points in 22 games for New York on the season. He did not, however, participate in the Rangers-Capitals’ dramatic, see-saw seven-game series in the postseason last year. While Miller played with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers in 2012, New York garnered the Eastern Conference’s top seed before nearly suffering an upset to the seventh-seeded Capitals.
Fast-forward to spring 2013, and now both the Capitals (14-16-1) and Rangers (15-3-2) are battling for fringe playoff spots, conjuring a playoff atmosphere in Madison Square Garden as the two meet at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.