SEATTLE – Jacob Trueba and Candre Miller have had their ups and downs early in the season, just like the rest of their Rangers teammates.
The defensive duo has been coming off the 2021-22 season as they’ve made huge strides on both sides of the pinch. And that made early mistakes this season all the more noticeable. This is also proof that the Rangers proved last season they can do when all four of their top football players play shutout hockey.
That hasn’t been the case for 17 games this season, but Rangers captain Trueba has no fault that he, him, and Miller have another level at which to perform. They’ve been there before, and it’s possible to go back.
“I think it was a little bit rocky, I don’t think it was awful,” Trueba told the Post after Wednesday’s practice at Climate Pledge Arena. “I think we’ve had some matches where we look at each other and say, ‘We didn’t give up too much and they’re going. You go through stretches like that. Just keep working through it. I think he knows how good he is and how good we can be as a couple.
“We’ll be back there. I don’t think we’re that far off, but we can definitely do better.”
The numbers attached to Miller and Trueba’s pair tell a harrowing story. Leading the Rangers in ice time at 232:55, Trueba and Miller scored 16 goals against them—the most of any Rangers defensive duo with 10—and scored just six.
Their offensive contributions may be notable, considering they currently have a 127-104 advantage in scoring opportunities and a 57-47 advantage in high-risk opportunities, but they also have 10 high-risk goals compared to the Rangers’ four. They were on the ice. (Thanks for all the numbers, Natural Stat Trick).
“I think the numbers are not good, but I’m happy with them,” said coach Gerard Gallant. “I think they’re playing well. I think they’re doing their job. Not a lot different from last year. Troubles are a bit of an insult to our group. He takes the puck, joins in and rushes a lot. I think K’Andre plays solid hockey for a good young player. I’m happy with them.” generally “.
When evaluating the pairing of Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren, these two seem to have taken back the responsibility of the Rangers’ most effective duo. They have scored eight goals for the Rangers and just six against them, as well as having an eye-catching 119-78 advantage in scoring chances.
Trueba said he thinks he and Miller do a good job getting pucks on the net, despite the fact that they’re not getting the rebounds and rebounds they want from them. He said it was something that would happen eventually if they stick with it.
“I think we can do better against the D district,” said Trueba. “We’ve been put in a lot of District D starts. I think when we win a showdown, getting a clean exit I think is something we can do better. Obviously, checking the mortgage as well.”
It should not be overlooked that Trouba has been suffering from some nagging injuries, which Gallant first mentioned a week ago. The 28-year-old defenseman said it will take some time to get back to 100 percent, but sitting out isn’t bad enough.
“It’s definitely something I’ve thought about and there are plays that I feel like, I think,” Troubeh said when asked if he feels limited at all. “I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t affect me at all. But guys go through it all year round, I was early in the year, so keep moving forward.”