MATT: Going off the board a bit, but I liked J.T. Miller's game in his first action back after his most recent call up from the Hartford Wolf Pack. He played on a line with Derick Brassard and Carl Hagelin, which I thought — without undermining the head coach — better suited him than being used in a fourth-line type role. The reason for that is that Miller certainly has offensive upside and playing alongside a guy like Hagelin who can chase pucks down, and Brassard who is a playmaker, Miller will find himself with more chances to bury pucks. That was evident last night, as he had two shots and another two attempts to go along with two hits and three blocked shots in 11:49 of ice time. He adds more speed to the lineup as well, which is never a bad thing.
JIM: I, too, though Miller played very, very well last night, and J.T. was my Unsung Hero, as well. I thought he was extremely active in the defesnive end of the ice, clearly a point of emphasis for him in his return from the minors. He blocked three shots, was credited with a pair of hits, and skated hard repeatedly to make his way back to guard the defensive zone. He was real good offensively, too, with a couple prime scoring chances---one off a 2-on-1 rush in the first period where his shot was denied by Martin Brodeur, and the other in the second period where he ripped a one-timer just wide. Miller played with confidence, poise, and smarts. Now he has to do it again against the Caps on Sunday.