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Rangers rookies Kreider, Miller on a line tonight vs. Florida

Mar 21, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT


The New York Rangers’ youth movement will on full display tonight at MSG.

The Blueshirts will skate two of their last four first-round draft picks — JT Miller (15th overall, 2011) and Chris Kreider (19th overall, 2009) — on a line with center Brian Boyle tonight against Florida.

Kreider will replace Taylor Pyatt on the line, and look to add some offensive flair — Miller hasn’t scored a goal in 19 games while Boyle has just one goal in 25 games.

“[Kreider] brings a high skill set, a big body, skates as well as anybody,” Miller told the New York Daily news. “So he makes people better that way.”

Kreider, who started the year with the Rangers, has spent the last eight games playing “big minutes in every situation” for AHL Connecticut and responded with seven points.

He says he’s not feeling any extra pressure in his second stint with the team, even though the Rangers are desperate for wins.

You’d rather be under the microscope than the guy they don’t worry about,” he told Newsday. “Right?”

  1. johnstone17 - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Tortorella cannot shut this kid down if he makes a mistake tonight. If he does, why have him up here. Cut the kid loose & lets see what he can do.

  2. pwilson264 - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    I couldn’t agree with you more Kreiders talent and energy is much needed in the line up. so he may make a mistake, but at the same time some of Torts seasoned pros do to. it’s all part of learning and growing in the NHL, give him time.

  3. jaredo10 - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I agree with you both. tortz also needs to keep that Richards lineup in tack . that line is straight up Nashty

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