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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

6:12PM: Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers are comfortable with Miller at center and that he can play all three forward positions.

Gorton added "in the preseason we will take a look at him there and see where it goes."

12:56PM: JT Miller said that he had an "idea this summer," after the moves the Rangers made, that he might be asked to play center this season. (NYR)

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Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

5:55PM: Vigneault said that the Rangers want to see Miller at center and that "at some point" he is going to "play a little bit of center."

He said that there is an opportunity at center for the Rangers and that right now their depth of "natural centers" is "on the respectable line" so it's worth it to see Miller in that spot.

Vigneault added that Miller is also a veteran player now who has a lot of experience.

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Last season Alain Vigneault was asked about possibly being harder on JT Miller than on other players and said that when he was in Vancouver he was harder on the Sedin twins than he was on anyone else.

Vigneault said, "when you see guys that have potential you want to help them deliver that potential. There is a lot of potential there and trying to work with him, and he's trying to work with me and the coaches to try and become the best player that he can be."

Miller told Dan Rosen of NHL.com that he is happy that Vigneault has been hard on him in their time together and that he still is.

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Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

JT Miller finished this past season with 22 goals and 34 assists to set a career high in points (56) and assists (34).

Prior to the season, Miller was projected to score the following amount of points:

The Hockey News wrote before the season that, "JT Miller was one of the only young Ranger forwards who didn't plateau last season. He sniped 22 goals playing 15 minutes a game. As he earns more trust and ice time he'll flirty with 30 goals."

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Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

7/22/17 | Scott Arniel said during this past season that the Rangers want JT Miller to shoot the puck more. (NHL.com)

Over the past two seasons, Miller has scored:

  • 15-16: 22 goals on 135 shots, 16.3% shooting percentage
  • 16-17: 22 goals on 132 shots, 16.7% shooting percentage

He was 4th on the Rangers in goals last season but 8th in shots on goal. He attempted 20 fewer shots last season (233) than he did the season before (253).

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Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

7/11/17 | 5:53PM: Alain Vigneault told Larry Brooks that Miller's versatility and ability to play center is "very important" but that he doesn't see Miller starting the season in the middle. (NY Post)

Vigneault said that Miller was scouted as a center and that management likes his potential in the middle and said "I think that J.T. has a lot to offer us in different ways." (NY Post)

7/2/17 | Jeff Gorton said that he knows that the Rangers need a center and that they are trying to fix the hole that they have there.

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Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Jeff Gorton said on Saturday that the Rangers have some "ongoing things" in regards to trying to fill the hole at center that Derek Stepan left.

Gorton said that he knows that the Rangers need a center and that they are trying to fix the hole.

He added though that the Rangers do have the "luxury" of JT Miller's ability as a natural center and noted that the Rangers are "hoping" he can transition back after skating on the wing.

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JT Miller said earlier this season that the Rangers expect him to bring his "A" game on nightly basis and that is what he also expects of himself. (CBC)

He said that he challenges himself to be better every year and that he has high expectations for how he wants to perform. (CBC)

  • Larry Brooks writes that Miller was the Rangers best forward through the first 50 games of the season before going through an "unfortunate slide." (NY Post)
  • Miller had 16 goals and 19 assists in the first 49 games this season, prior to the All-Star break, and 6 goals and 18 assists in the 45 games that followed, including the playoffs.
  • In 24 games in January and February, Miller had 7 goals and 15 assists.
  • In 19 games in March an April, Miller had 3 goals and 5 assists.
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Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

JT Miller picked up an assist in Game 3, his second of the playoffs, and had one shot on goal while mostly skating with Tanner Glass and Oscar Lindberg.

Glass said that his game and Miller's game work well together and that Miller plays hard, holds onto pucks and makes plays. (NY Times)

Ryan McDonagh said that Miller's play in Game 3 was a "good sign" for the team and will hopefully "jump-start" things for him. (NY Post)

Tuesday's game that Miller did a "good job" making plays in Game 3.

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Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

4/26/17 | 5:32 PM: On JT, Vigneault said on Wednesday "he is very aware of the plays he needs to make with the puck and plays he needs to make when he doesn't have it. The penalties at this time that we can live with, the penalties that we would rather stay away from. He's a smart young man going through a playoff experience and I believe he will be better in this second round than he was in the first round."

4/25/17 | 10:47AM: In the first round of the playoffs, JT Miller had 1 assist, 13 PIM, 7 shots on goal, 18 hits and 9 blocked shots while averaging 18:21 per game.

Miller picked up his first point in the series in Game 6, a secondary assist on the game winner, and only had 2 games out of the 6 where he had 2 or more shots on goal.

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Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

JT Miller started last night's game on the Rangers fourth line with Oscar Lindberg and Matt Puempel.

Miller had two goals in 18:26, was a minus two, had 4 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 2 shot attempts that missed the net, 1 giveaway and 2 blocked shots.

Miller played 7:57 at even strength with Oscar Lindberg, 5:01 with Jimmy Vesey, 4:15 with Mika Zibanejad, 3:15 with Matt Puempel and 3:13 with Rick Nash. (Natural Stat Trick)

Miller said that there would be something wrong if he didn't use being put on the fourth line as motivation and said that he knew he had to work harder and get some "bad habits: out of his game. (NYR)

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

In the past 20 games, JT Miller has two goals, 4 assists and a minus 1 rating with 21 shots on goal and an average of 16:37 per game.

In the prior 56 games to that stretch, Miller had 18 goals and 28 assists.

Larry Brooks wrote on Monday that Miller has "stalled, if not regressed" a bit over this last stretch and henhas been making similar "enormous risk/no-reward" type of plays that had him in and out of the lineup and up and down to the minors earlier in his career. (NY Post)

On Sunday Alain Vigneault said that when Miller, along with Hayes, struggle it's because of their decisions with the puck.

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Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers best lineup is one that includes JT Miller playing on the third line with Kevin Hayes and Michael Grabner. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that Alain Vigneault needs to have confidence in Jimmy Vesey and boost him back into the top-six which can allow Miller to slide down to the third line. (NY Post)

Miller has skated with Rick Nash in the past few games and while Brooks says that Miller and Nash play well together and are the team's "two best forwards by a considerable margin," taking Miller away from Hayes hurts the Rangers chemistry and "dilutes" their depth. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that the Rangers need to rely on their depth to win and that they are a much deeper team with Vesey in the top-six and Miller playing with Hayes. (NY Post)

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This season, JT Miller has set a career high in points with 50, assists with 31 and a career high of .71 points per game.

In the last three seasons, Miller's points per game has increased from .40 in 2014-15, .52 in 2015-16 to his current mark of .71.

Miller is in the first year of a two-year bridge deal that has a cap hit and salary of $2.75 million in both seasons.

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New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh receives congratulations from defenseman Marc Staal after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh receives congratulations from defenseman Marc Staal after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan McDonagh scored twice to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 19:33 NYR Ryan McDonagh (short handed); Assists: Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner

Second period:

  • 5:35 DET Frans Nielsen (power play); Assists: Gustav Nyquist, Justin Abdelkader
  • 16:50 NYR McDonagh; Assists: Marc Staal, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 17:27 NYR Hayes; Assists: J.T. Miller, Grabner

Third period:

  • 16:01 NYR Derek Stepan (power play); Assist: Chris Kreider
Tags: Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Detroit Red Wings, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Marc Staal, Michael Grabner, Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan McDonagh
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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

2/25/17 | 9:20PM: According to Larry Brooks, three sources have told him in the past few days that whenever anyone tries to talk trade with the Rangers they ask for JT Miller. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that in response to those requests, Jeff Gorton and the Rangers are being told, "no, thank you." (NY Post)

He writes that Miller has the "greatest multi-dimensional upside in the organization." (NY Post)

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Frederik Gauthier (33) draws an interference penalty as he hits New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Frederik Gauthier (33) draws an interference penalty as he hits New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad tallied shootout goals as the Rangers defeated the Maple Leafs, 2-1, on Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:56 TOR Connor Brown; Assists: Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner

Third period:

  • 10:50 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Brandon Pirri

Shootout:

  • William Nylander: STOPPED
  • Mats Zuccarello: SCORED
  • Auston Matthews: SCORED
  • Mika Zibanejad: SCORED
  • Nazem Kadri: STOPPED
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On MSG, JT Miller was asked by John Giannone about the save Carey Price made near the end of OT and said:

  • On the stop, "it was a good save. I probably could have gotten it up a little more but it was a pretty good one."
  • On tipping your cap to Price, "that is a pretty World Class save. I only got to see it once but it was one of the better ones I have seen lately."

Henrik Lundqvist said, "I just said nice save. You gotta appreciate goaltending when it's that good. We had a chance to finish the game there but he made a really good save.

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Jimmy Vesey's go-ahead goal midway through the third period propelled the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at Nationwide Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 8:12 COL Brandon Dubinsky; Assists: Brandon Saad, Seth Jones

Second period:

  • 0:12 NYR Dan Girardi (short handed); Assists: Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller

Third period:

  • 4:49 NYR Hayes; Unassisted
  • 11:53 COL Nick Foligno; Assist: David Savard
  • 13:28 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Derek Stepan, Nick Holden  
Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Nick Holden, Oscar Lindberg
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Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

With two goals on Thursday night, JT Miller set a career high for points in a season with 44 in just 54 games.

Miller's previous career high, 43, was set last season in 82 games.

Miller is averaging .81 points per game after averaging .40 points per game in 2014-15 (58 games) and .52 last season.

Alain Vigneault said earlier in the week that Miller is making a difference on the ice and that is what you want from your players.

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The JT Miller, Kevin Hayes and Michael Grabner line had six points (3 goals and 3 assists) in the Rangers win over Nashville.

Hayes said that the three complement each other and that he likes to pass the puck while Miller and Grabner like to score. (MSG)

Miller said that as soon as he crosses the blue line he tries to put himself into a shooting position because he knows there is a "good chance" of Hayes feeding him the puck. (Rangers Game Notes)

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J.T Miller and Henrik Lundqvist speak to the media after the Rangers' 4-3 win over Nashville on Thursday night at MSG.

The Rangers rallied from a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals en route to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators Thursday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:23 NSH Cody McLeod; Assists: P.K. Subban, Austin Watson

Second period:

  • 3:50 NSH Calle Jarnkrok (power play); Assists: Mike Fisher, Subban
  • 8:12 NYR Michael Grabner; Kevin Hayes
  • 14:58 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Hayes

Third period:

  • 5:36 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
  • 16:00 NYR Miller; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Hayes
  • 17:59 NSH Roman Jose (power play); Assists: Ryan Johansen, Ryan Ellis
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New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

JT Miller had two assists on Thursday against the Sabres including the primary assist on a give and go with Chris Kreider in OT.

Kreider said that Miller is a player with "really good vision" and that when you are on the ice with him you need to "be aware" because "you are always an option." (MSG)

Alain Vigneault said of Miller's ability to pass the puck, "I don't think it's underappreciated, he wants the puck, he wants to make plays he is not shy about trying things out there that not a lot of people see and he came up big for us at the right time."

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

JT Miller played center on Monday against LA as a replacement for the injured Kevin Hayes and was 3 and 6 on faceoffs.

Miller had 4 giveaways, 1 shot on goal, 1 hit, 2 blocked shots, an assist and played 17:41 overall.

Miller said that he could have been better defensively and spent too much time watching the puck. (Newsday)

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Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault discuss the goalkeeper's recent progress and improvement following a rough stretch.

The New York Rangers beat the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 11:31 NYR Brandon Pirri

Second period:

  • 13:28 NYR Matt Puempel; Assists: Derek Stepan, Dan Girardi
  • 18:01 LA Jordan Nolan; Assists: Andy Andreoff, Drew Doughty

Third period:

  • 6:40 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assist: J.T. Miller
  • 19:59 LA Kyle Clifford
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Tags: Brandon Pirri, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Mats Zuccarello
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Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Sabres beat the Rangers 4 to 3. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Sabres beat the Rangers 4 to 3. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

6:13PM: Alain Vigneault said that will move to center tonight to replace Kevin Hayes and center a line with Jimmy Vesey and Michael Grabner. (NYR)

Hayes is out 2-3 weeks with a lower body injury.

Matt Puempel will return to the Rangers lineup tonight and skate on a line with Oscar Lindberg and Brandon Pirri.

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JT Miller scored the OT winner of the Red Wings today off a feed from Mats Zuccarello

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

JT Miller has points in 8 of his last 9 games and has 3 goals in the past 4 games.

Miller had a seven game point streak snapped on Tuesday against Dallas but has six goals and five assists in the past 9 games.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers 00:00:30
Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh gives his take on the Rangers' tough 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden.

First Period

  • 12:17 BUF Zemgus Girgensons; Assists: William Carrier, Brian Gionta
  • 19:21 BUF Evander Kane; Assists: Sam Reinhart, Kyle Okposo

Second Period

  • 1:03 BUF Justin Bailey
  • 15:55 NYR Nick Holden; Assists: J.T. Miller, Oscar Lindberg

Third Period

  • 1:10 BUF Jack Eichel (PP); Assists: Sam Reinhart, Matt Moulson
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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) drives to the net to score a goal in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. The Rangers defeated the Avalanche 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) drives to the net to score a goal in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. The Rangers defeated the Avalanche 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

JT Miller had two goals, 3 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked and 1 hit in 16:40.

Miller has 3 goals in the past two games, he scored an empty netter on Thursday, after only scoring once in the 17 games prior to Thursday.

Miller played 6:15 in the first, 5:17 in the second and 5:08 in the third with goals, including the game winner, in the second and the third.

Alain Vigneault said this past week that Miller needed to be better with the puck and said last night that Miller played a "much higher percentage game" and that "trustworthy" is the word that comes to mind in the past two games.

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) attempts to score on Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard (31) in the first period at Pepsi Center.  (Ron Chenoy (USA Today))
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) attempts to score on Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard (31) in the first period at Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy (USA Today))

First Period

  • 1:59 COL Cody McLeod; Assists: Tyson Barrie, Mikhail Grigorenko
  • 6:09 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
  • 16:39 NYR Chris Kreider (PP); Assists: Matz Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh
  • 18:34 COL Blake Comeau; Assists: Francois Beauchemin, Rene Bourque

Second Period

  • 9:30 NYR J.T. Miller
  • 14:20 NYR Chris Kreider (PP); Assists: Derek Stepan, Brandon Pirri

Third Period

  • 9:34 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast
  • 13:05 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes
Tags: Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Mats Zuccarello
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Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Sabres beat the Rangers 4 to 3. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Sabres beat the Rangers 4 to 3. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Alain Vigneault says that JT Miller's recent travel around the Rangers lineup has been "performance based" and that they are working with him "quite a bit" to improve some of his decisions with the puck. (NY Post)

Vigneault said that Miller has a "tremendous amount of confidence" in his ability to make plays but that you can't force things that aren't there. (NY Post)

He says that Miller is trying to force too many things, that his ratio of chances for vs chances against needs to be better and that they had to cut his ice time a bit because of it. (NY Post)

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New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller celebrates scoring a goal with center Kevin Hayes during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller celebrates scoring a goal with center Kevin Hayes during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Alain Vigneault said the Rangers had just one line going against the Wild on Friday and that the rest of their players "weren't good enough."

He said that it's a challenging league and that the Rangers didn't have enough guys playing well.

Kevin Hayes had 18 points in his first 20 games and was a plus-17.

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New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller takes the ice for warm-ups prior to playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG Paints Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller takes the ice for warm-ups prior to playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG Paints Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

JT Miller had X-Rays on his arm after Sunday's win that came back negative. (NY Post)

Miller blocked a shot early in the game and was seen getting treatment from Jim Ramsay and Larry Brooks says that Miller didn't play the final 8:56 after blocking a Jon Merrill shot in the arm. (NY Post)

Miller has 27 blocked shots this season, leading all Rangers forwards, and is averaging 1:16 per game on the PK.

He leads the Rangers in points this season with 22 (9 goals and 13 assists).

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils lost their third straight game when they fell to the New York Rangers 5-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:43 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Klein

Second period:

  • 16:07 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes
  • 19:57 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Derek Stepan, Oscar Lindberg

Third period:

  • 6:04 NYR Brandon Pirri (power play); Assists: Kreider, Ryan McDonagh
  • 18:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Nick Holden, Pirri
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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:01:11
Alain Vigneault and Antti Raanta discuss the Rangers' 5-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

Five different New York Rangers scored as they beat the New Jersey Devils 5-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:43 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Klein

Second period:

  • 16:07 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes
  • 19:57 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Derek Stepan, Oscar Lindberg

Third period:

  • 6:04 NYR Brandon Pirri (power play); Assists: Kreider, Ryan McDonagh
  • 18:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Nick Holden, Pirri
Tags: Brandon Pirri, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan McDonagh
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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

JT Miller did not practice today and Alain Vigneault said that Miller is still dealing with a "nagging knee injury."

Vigneault said, "he was a maintenance day. That injury, that shot he blocked where he had some stitches is still nagging. We gave him the morning off considering that we have an afternoon game tomorrow at 1. He should be fine and good to go." (NYR)

Miller took a Mats Zuccarello shot in his knee cap last Sunday, missed practice Monday and played on Tuesday and Thursday before missing today's practice.

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7:16PM: Miller, Grabner and Oscar Lindberg are all playing. Josh Jooris is not.

Joe Micheletti said on MSG that Jooris was not feeling well.

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New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller takes the ice for warm-ups prior to playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG Paints Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller takes the ice for warm-ups prior to playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG Paints Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

4:03PM: Vigneault said of Miller "he's 50/50 right now. Like I mentioned post game yesterday, he blocked one of Zuccy's shots which opened up his kneecap. He had a few stitches there that he is dealing with pain and the stitches not opening up. I will have a better idea tomorrow but my best guess would be 50/50."

1:22PM: Alain Vigneault says that Miller is 50/50 for tomorrow night's game against Carolina after needing stitches last night following the shot he took from Mats Zuccarello. (NYR)

12:32PM: JT Miller is not skating today at Rangers practice and the team is saying that he is taking a maintenance day. (Zipay)

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JT Miller was awarded the Broadway Hat after scoring the shorthanded, game winning goal in tonight's game against the Penguins.

Miller said after the game on MSG:

  • Did you know the puck went in, "no I didn't. I didn't even know it went off me. I ran into Malkin a bit and thought that Hayes scored. We did a good job down low in our end first, Hayes yelled that I had time so I tried to bust up the ice and fortunate bounce."
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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

J.T. Miller scored a shorthanded goal with 59 seconds remaining in the second period as the New York Rangers overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday at PPG Paints Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:02 PIT Jake Guentzel; Assists: Phil Kessel, Trevor Daley
  • 13:12 PIT Guentzel; Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel

Second period:

  • 4:51 NYR Rick Nash
  • 14:23 NYR Michael Grabner; Assist: Ryan McDonagh
  • 19:11 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes

Third period:

  • 12:46 NYR Hayes; Assist: McDonagh
  • 18:37 NYR Derek Stepan (empty net); Assists: Nash, Grabner
Tags: Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh
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Feb 10, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) waits for a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Feb 10, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) waits for a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

9:17PM: Alain Vigneault said on Saturday "that was the second time in the game and both of those turnovers, unfortunately, led to goals. You are caught with 7-8 minutes left and you need to shorten your bench. We are down by a goal and I thought we were in real good shape. We came back from a 2 goal deficit, tied the game, thought we were building momentum in a hard fought game. Every game is different and some have more flow. Both teams were checking pretty good, there weren't 10 chances on both sides. It was one of those games and unfortunately we gave up a 2 on 1 on our PP that led to a goal. Sometimes as a coach you have to make decisions. After he made his first turnover I threw him back out there. I have a lot of confidence in JT but sometimes you need to go with guys who you think are giving you a little bit more and I felt there were some other guys giving a little more. He will have a chance tomorrow to get right back at it." (NYR)

11:12AM: JT Miller was a minus two in 15:40, had 3 shots on goal, 1 giveaway and was 0-3 on faceoffs in last night's loss to the Blue Jackets.

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

JT Miller leads the Rangers this season with 17 points in 17 games while averaging 15:27 per game.

Miller is shooting 17.9% last season (7 goals on 39 shots) compared to his shooting percentage last year of 16.3% (22 goals on 135 shots).

The Rangers are 12-0-0 this season when Miller records a point.

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers scored four goals in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 2:12 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Kevin Klein, Brady Skjei
  • 10:45 WIN Patrik Laine; Assists: Ben Chiarot, Mark Scheifele

Second period:

  • 10:02 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assist: Chris Kreider
  • 12:02 WIN Scheifele; Assists: Paul Postma, Nikolaj Ehlers
  • 13:01 NYR J.T. Miller; Assist: Nick Holden
  • 16:24 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Klein, Brandon Pirri
  • 17:05 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Pirri, Adam Clendening
Tags: Adam Clendening, Brady Skjei, Brandon Pirri, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Pavel Buchnevich
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New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller celebrates scoring a goal with center Kevin Hayes during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller celebrates scoring a goal with center Kevin Hayes during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Alain Vigneault spoke about Kevin Hayes and JT Miller on Friday and said that they are two players who have had ups and downs and are learning how to be "true professionals."

He talked about how some players in the NHL "figure it out" and that the players who don't figure things out don't stay in the NHL.

Vigneault pointed to things like their perseverance, their coachability and using resources the Rangers have like the team nutritionist as well as skill and conditioning coaches and learning more about rest and recovery times etc.

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Nov 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers line of Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller has a combined 18 points (8 goals and 10 assists) in the past three games. (Rangers Game Notes)

Against the Oilers on Thursday each member of the line scored a goal and had at least two points. (Rangers Game Notes)

Grabner said that each player brings a different element to the line and that even if they aren't scoring they are trying to be responsible defensively. (Rangers Game Notes)

Hayes said on MSG after the game that the trio work well off of each other and that Grabner provides speed while Miller creates space and goes to the net. Hayes says that he always tells them to just get open and that he will find them.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:00:38
Henrik Lundqvist shares his thoughts on the Rangers' 5-3 win Thursday night over the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.

Jesper Fast tied it with 10:29 left and Rick Nash scored the go-ahead goal with 1:21 left as the Rangers rallied for a 5-3 win over the Oilers Thursday night at the Garden. >> Read more


First Period:

Second period:

Third period:

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Oct 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) celebrates scoring a goal past Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue (35) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Oct 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) celebrates scoring a goal past Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue (35) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

During training camp, Alain Vigneault said that JT Miller took a "significant stride" last season and that next step for him is to be someone who can be trusted at both ends of the ice.He added, "for the most part his game took great strides last year and we are expecting a lot from him this year."Miller has 3 goals and 7 assists in the Rangers 10 games this season and has eight points in the past six games.Dave Maloney said recently on MSG that Miller has been the Rangers best player on a game to game basis.

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GEICO SportsNite: NY Rangers 00:02:07
Justine Ward joins GEICO SportsNite from Madison Square Garden to talk about the Rangers starting the season with 40 goals in 10 games.

Jimmy Vesey had a huge night as the Rangers beat the Blues, 5-0 Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh
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