Richards wasn't on the ice for Monday's skate, resting his body after taking a cross check from behind at the hands of Patrick Kaleta. Richards fell face-first into the half boards and had to leave the ice.
Although he returned to the game, it wasn't a surprise that he wasn't a participant in practice today.
He's been in a bit of a rough patch, but Torts says that could be only because his expectations are sky high. McDonagh was one of the better defenseman in the league last year, and fans and media alike are trying to figure out what's happened.
J.T. Miller continues to grow as a player in the NHL. He's still just 19-years-old and continues to improve his game. Tortorella trusts him enough where Miller plays on the team's second power play unit, something Tortorella thinks is really improving — not even counting the goals.
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