J.T. "Game Time Decision"

Rangers rookie forward J.T. Miller was back on the ice Tuesday for the team's morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center, and afterwards said his wore left wrist felt much better and that he was hopeful of playing tonight against the Flyers.

"I am going to talk with coach, and have him talk with (the training staff), I think it's a game time decision," Miller said after the skate. "Obviously I want to play, and I feel a lot better."

Rangers head coach John Tortorella confirmed that his lineup decisions will be made later in the day.

The best news, though, is that Miller did not feel limited in any way during the morning skate, his first time on the ice since hurting the wrist last Thursday against the Panthers. Prior to today Miller was unable to make or receive passes, or to shoot the puck, because of the pain in his left wrist.

"It feels a lot better today, and we took care of it over the last few days," explained Miller. "I can shoot pretty much as hard as I can. I made some passes out there, did some battle drills, pushed off the wall, and it all feels good."

The 20 year-old Miller had played in 22 straight games since his recall from the Connecticut Whale before being scratched Sunday against the Capitals. He has two goals, four points, and eight penalty minutes so far with the Rangers this season, though he has gone 20 games now without scoring a goal.


Henrik Lundqvist will make his season-high eighth consecutive start between the pipes for the Rangers tonight in Philadelphia. He previously had started seven straight to open the season. Tonoght will mark his 14th start in the last 15 games, and his 28th in 32 games this season.

Lundqvist did not take part in the morning skate on Tuesday, and afterwards he sat on the bench in his suit watching assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld put on a post-practice shooting display, sharing laughs with Martin Biron.

Matt Gilroy was the only Ranger who stayed late on the ice for conditioning skating, and he will likely be scratched for  the seventh consecutive game this evening.

The game vs. the Flyers kicks off an important three-game road trip for the Blueshirts, with tonight's game pitting a pair of desperate teams fighting for their playoff lives.

"It's going to be intense and physical as always, typical Rangers and Flyers," Ryan McDonagh said after the skate Tuesday. "These are easy games to get up for, and there's plenty on the line. I'm looking forward to it."

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