Miller Returns To Practice in L.A.; Talbot Still Out
Martin St. Louis was the first Ranger to hit the ice for the team's Stanley Cup Final practice out in Los Angeles at the Staples Center Tuesday morning, and a couple minutes later the rest of the team followed him out of the dressing room. Included in that mix was forward J.T. Miller, who has not practiced with the team since suffering an undisclosed injury in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens nine days ago.
Miller had been skating on his own, either before or after the team's full practice, the past several days, but on Tuesday he participated in all drills, and skated on an extra line with fellow forwards Daniel Carcillo and Jesper Fast during line rushes. Carcillo had been informed earlier in the day that his ten-game suspension for making contact with an official in Game Three against the Canadiens had been reduced by the league to sis games, making him eligible to play in the fourth game of the Stanley Cup Final against the Kings, his previous employer.
Carcillo has two goals in eight playoff games this spring, while Miller has a pair of assists and a +3 plus/minus rating while appearing in four post-season games. Miller played in two games in the first round against the Flyers and one each in the following two rounds against Pittsburgh and Montreal.
Goaltender Cam Talbot once again did not practice with the team Tuesday. Talbot, who appeared in relief of Henrik Lundqvist during the Rangers Game Five loss up in Montreal last Tuesday and did dress as Lundqvist's back up for Game Six two nights later, has not been able to practice since due to an unspecified injury. He did make the trip to Los Angeles, but it is not yet known if he will be able to dress for the Stanley Cup Final opener on Wednesday night.
David LeNeveu, the 31 year-old veteran, practiced with the Rangers again on Tuesday and would back up Lundqvist Wednesday if Talbot is unable. LeNeveu has 21 games of NHL experience with the Phoenix Coyotes, and was a part of the team's Black Aces after playing with the Hartford Wolf Pack this past season.