It has now been 13 games with the New York Rangers and Martin St. Louis has still yet to score a single goal. He does have three assists, but that is not even close to the type of offensive production the Rangers were hoping out of him. Whether it is getting used to being on a new team or adjusting to the players and New York City or a combination, St. Louis is a seasoned vet who needs to wake up and start earning his contract with the Rangers.
J.T. Miller, on the other hand, is a rookie winger who shows a lot of skill and potential in the AHL, but when he gets called up, none of that skill and potential translates at the NHL level with the Rangers. Instead of scoring goals and picking up points, like he does in the AHL, with the Rangers, all Miller seems to do is shoot the puck wide of the net and take dumb penalties.
The struggles that both of these men currently face, plus coming off of a really bad regulation loss to the Calgary Flames, are forcing head coach Alain Vigneault to make some drastic lineup changes for tonight’s game in Edmonton vs. the Edmonton Oilers.
Vigneault will have St. Louis back on a line with Brad Richards, the second time he is trying this experiment since none of the other lines St. Louis was on clicked with him, and Miller will not even suit up, as it was announced he will be a healthy scratch for tonight’s game. Miller played so poorly in Vigneault’s eyes through two periods in Calgary that he did not play a single minute in the third period last night and will not even dress tonight against the Oilers because of it.
Now none of those moves might seem “drastic” like the headline suggests, but you will quickly change your mind once I tell you who Vigneault will start on the first line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash since St. Louis will be moved to a new line once again. Out of all of the players on the team, Vigneault has chosen Daniel Carcillo, a fourth-line enforcer, to start on the Rangers’ first line with Stepan and Nash.
I do not know what to say or even think after reading that, so I know what you are going through. We just have to hope for the best that somehow it works out I guess. Unfortunately with Carcillo in for Miller, this means that Derek Dorsett will be in the starting lineup as well. Usually the Rangers do not do well when both Carcillo and Dorsett are in the lineup, but I guess only time will tell if this game vs. the Oilers tonight will be any different.