The Blueshirts are limping into this evening’s tilt with Carolina.
Starting netminder Henrik Lundqvist is sidelined with a lower-body injury. Leading goalscorer Michael Grabner will miss his fifth straight contest with a hip ailment. Alternate captain Rick Nash is out with a lingering upper-body issue.
So what sayeth you, J.T. Miller?
“People go down and people have to step into a different spot normally,” the Rangers’ leading scorer said, per the club website. “Just have to play like any other game.”
On their own, the losses are significant — but when piled on top of the guys New York was already without, it’s pretty overwhelming.
As a result, head coach Alain Vingeault’s working with a patchwork lineup. The Chris Kreider–Derek Stepan–Mats Zuccarello line will remain intact, while Miller will jump to fill Nash’s spot alongside Pavel Buchnevich and Mika Zibanejad.
Antti Raanta will get the start, while ECHL recall Brandon Halverson will back up.