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Miller, Buch, Howden impress at scrimmage seen only by a small few

January 7, 2021, 11:11 PM ET [169 Comments]
Jan Levine
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The Rangers held an intrasquad scrimmage which to no one's shock wasn't televised. Why should you let the fans see the practice game like several other organizations in the NHL. Instead, let's stick with our head in the sand and 1980's philosophy where access is a four-letter and dirty word and we will dole out information with an eye dropper.

On the ice, Team B picked up a 6-1 win in a contest that only went 40 minutes. Team A's defense, which included new first line pairing, Tony DeAngelo and Jacob Trouba, struggled throughout the game. Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin still have that chemistry while Filip Chytil and Pavel Buchnevich each had strong showings. 

Brett Howden having a big scrimmage, centering the top line of Chris Kreider and Buch, is a boost for his confidence. This is Howden's third year, so growth is expected and needed if he is to remain here in the future. More impressive was that K'Andre Miller continued to raise his stock. Nothing is set in stone, but if looking for one-half of the third pair on the blueliner, Miller might have taken a leap forward in that battle tonight. If that is the case, who he will line up opposite is still TBD, with Jack Johnson and Brendan Smith in the mix, though that would result in a duo of lefties in that pairing, which may not be how David Quinn wanted to draw it up.

tonight's scrimmage.

⏰: 7 PM pic.twitter.com/nmXbvq2N3M

— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 7, 2021

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