NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers have assigned forward J.T. Miller to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League, coach Alain Vigneault announced following the team’s 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars on Friday.
Though Miller has been up and down between the farm team and the big club several times already this season, it does not appear destined to be a lengthy stay.
Vigneault said he wants Miller, a healthy scratch for the past two games to accommodate recent trade acquisition Daniel Carcillo, to play some games over the weekend.
The Wolf Pack plays both Saturday and Sunday.
Power up: The Rangers’ power play continues to be a bright spot for the team, a dramatic about-face from the unit’s travails in recent years.
With Derick Brassard’s second-period power-play marker, a brilliant redirection that snapped a 10-game goalless drought, the Rangers have scored in four straight games with the man advantage.
The unit, which in recent years frequented the bottom of the standings as one of the league’s worst, is now in sixth place with an impressive 21.3 percent success rate.
“When a power play works, it keeps the other team honest,” Vigneault said. “Our power play has been working real well for us. It’s been giving us momentum and timely goals and we need that from the power play.
Norwegian legion: Members of the Norwegian national team’s management group were on hand to watch the lone NHL’er on their squad: Mats Zuccarello.
With an assist on Brassard’s man-up goal, Zuccarello is second on the team in scoring with 32 points. Brad Richards, who notched two assists, leads the Rangers with 33.