The Rangers are struggling so badly to score consistently that coach Alain Vigneault is entertaining the idea of playing a more conservative game.

“(Monday night’s 5-0 loss to the Lightning) was our 24th game, and in 15 of those games we’ve scored two goals or less,” Vigneault said after practice Tuesday afternoon. “That’s a pretty good chunk if you want a segment that tells you what you have. There’s a chunk there that tells us we’re not scoring a lot. Maybe we’ve got to play even tighter to the vest than we are and go into games with that mentality of (trying to win) 2-1.”

The thought sounds frighteningly familiar, but it’s also clear Vigneault would follow through on that idea only as a last resort. Tuesday, he ran an hour-long “offensive-skill” focused practice, reflected optimistically on his team’s frequent chances and puck possession in defeat, and changed little to nothing about his lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise.

The Rangers (12-12-0) have lost five shutouts this season, played five games in which they’ve scored just one goal, and have had five in which they’ve scored two. Still, their coach and players still have faith in the attacking style that, for example, led to 74 shot attempts in Monday’s shutout loss. “Obviously we can’t turn the puck over like we did against Tampa,” center Derek Stepan said. “That’s something that has to change. But everyone in here wants to score. We want to score goals. We can’t do much more than generate chances. When you score, it helps your confidence as a player, and we have a lot of guys right now who are playing well and just need that one goal, and that will help our confidence as a team.”

It seemed there was a chance Vigneault would consider reinserting young forward J.T. Miller into Wednesday’s lineup seeking an offensive boost. Instead, the Rangers sent Miller down to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, and Vigneault said he doesn’t feel Miller is ready to play at the NHL level “at this time.”

“You always wonder where a guy can fit in," Vigneault said. “Can he fit in your top-six or top-nine or your bottom-six? And with J.T., I haven’t figured out yet what exactly he is. Is he a top-six forward? Is he a top-nine or is he a third- or fourth-line player? He’s a young player who has a tremendous amount of upside. How that is going to unfold and how that is going to develop, we’re not quite sure. I am sure about one thing, though: You can’t develop if you don’t play.”