Defensive Powerhouses Adam Fox and K’Andre Miller Become Offensive Stars


K’Andre Miller has been excellent offensively this season. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Stephanie Lane, Contributing Writer

The New York Rangers had an impressive week at Madison Square Garden, winning two out of the three games at home from Jan. 10 to Jan. 15. On Jan. 10, the Rangers played the Minnesota Wild and were able to pull out the win against former Ranger Mats Zuccarello.

K’Andre Miller, a defenseman for the Rangers, has been an asset for the team, whether that’s keeping the puck away from Igor Shesterkin and the Rangers goal, or scoring against the opponent. Miller is in the top 30 in defensive scoring with five goals, 20 assists and a total of 25 points for the season.

Miller had a great start during the game against the Minnesota Wild, scoring the first goal for the Rangers. The Rangers were down two goals when Miller finally put the team on the board. He raced for the puck beating two of the Wild’s defensmen and had a one-on-one with Minnesota’s goalie Marc André Fleury, leading to the Rangers’ first goal.

Later in the second period, defenseman Adam Fox brought the puck down to Minnesota’s end. Fox and Vincent Trocheck had a two-on-one against defenseman Jon Merrill, and Fox managed to score. Fox has quickly developed into one of the most valuable players in the NHL and is fourth in the NHL in defensive scoring. Fox has nine goals, 36 assists and a total of 45 points. Four of Fox’s goals were game winning goals.

In the third period, with a little over six minutes left on the clock, the Rangers had the puck in the Wild’s end. Fox set up Filip Chytil who was able to score the goal which tied the game and sent the two teams into overtime. No progress was made in overtime which then called for a shootout.

The Rangers beat the Wild in the shootout where Artemi Panarin scored the winning goal and Sheskterkin saved two goals to solidify the win.

On Jan. 12, the Rangers did not play their best game against the Dallas Stars during regulation. New York was down 1-0 in the third period when Miller shot and scored with less than a second left. The Rangers removed Shesterkin from goal in order to get another skater on the ice to facilitate the scoring process. Panarin, Mika Zibanejad and Fox took shots at Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger, but there was no luck. Once the puck was in the hands of Miller, he took a shot on goal which was blocked, but then tried again and scored the goal to tie up the game against the Dallas Stars.

Adam Fox has developed into one of the best players in all of hockey. (Courtesy of Twitter)

In overtime, Panarin, Zibanejad and Fox brought the puck to Dallas’ zone. Within a few seconds, Panarin took a shot which was blocked and given back to the Dallas skaters. Mika Zibanejad took the puck back, but tripped and couldn’t get a shot on goal. Panarin took the puck from Zibanejad who then passed it to Fox to score the winning goal.

While left wing Chris Kreider was injured, head coach Gerard Gallant heavily relied on Miller to play well after his performance in the game against the Wild. Clearly, Miller was the right player to rely on due to his consistent effort on the ice.

Fox’s strong efforts to lead the Rangers to success have been recognized by the fans. Recently, fans had the opportunity to vote their favorite players into the NHL All Star Game on Feb. 4 in Sunrise, Florida. On Jan. 19, it was announced that Fox and Panarin will be joining Shesterkin in the All Star Game.

Miller and Fox have been the ultimate duo. Despite being defensemen, the pair have been dominating the offensive aspect of the game. Their teamwork in scoring goals against the Wild and the Stars led the Rangers to success.