Recap: Alain Vigneault Post Practice Comments

Alain Vigneault Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers practice this morning:

  • How is Dorsett, “he is coming along. He is taking another X-Ray tomorrow. He will be fine and on schedule to play after the Olympic break, I don’t think he will be ready before.”
  • “I think what we are going to do is focus on us and what we need to do against that team. We have seen in the last little while, since we have played them twice, that they have dynamic forwards, dynamic offense, we gotta do a real good job on them to limit their opportunities and scoring chances and we were a little bit better at doing that last night. When we had breakdowns, because they are going to get chances, Hank made some big saves for us. It’s gonna be another typical tough matchup, they like that transition and we need to defend well and when we get the puck counter well also.”

  • On adjusting the defense last night to keep the play in front, “what happened last night was, yes we talked about that against that offense, there was a stat that said since 12/14 that line is 1, 2, 4 in scoring and Crosby is 3 and someone else is 5 and we talk about dynamic forwards who can do a lot of stuff and those guys can. We talked about the ice conditions made that our guys were there and when the ice is like that and the puck is bouncing you can never assume that the D is going to get the puck and that it will be flat and you will be able to make that good first pass because a lot of times it’s on edge and you need numbers and you need to get back and you never assume anything. Tomorrow hopefully the ice will be real good and we will be cleaner on our breakouts.”
  • On playing against the Tavares line, “when I look at their lineup and their forwards I see three lines that have potential and a fourth line that has some jam and crash and bang and what is challenging with their first line is those guys can stay on the ice for a 1:00, 1:10 which is way above normal and you almost need two D pairs and two lines ready to go against them. When their other lines come on each line has a piece that can generate offense or physical presence. They are a real good team and it was a tough game last night and it will be a tough game tomorrow.”
  • Are you tempted to put guys who are playing well with guys who aren’t to try and lift their game, “Part of our strength in the last while is our balance. We have in our estimate three lines that have potential to be very dependable defensively and also a threat offensively. Dominic Moore’s line has been on the scoresheet lately which is a bonus for us. We use those guys to kill penalties, to bring energy, to bring us a few greasy offensive zone type shifts and when they get on the scoresheet it’s a bonus and last nigh they got us the winning goal. I like our balance and our balance on D with the three pairs and we have to make sure that we continue that.”
  • On the Super Bowl, “I think it’s a great event. One game winner take all for a whole season, doesn’t get much better than that.”
  • On going to the “Jets House” across from the Garden, “no, I’m not gonna do that. (Smile)”
  • Why was Klein on with Staal on the goal against, “I remember how the goal went, I’m not sure prior to that why the D pairs were switched. On that goal, Boyler threw a big check on their D to knock them out, a solid hit but it’s that defenseman who made that final push. Boyler went to the bench and at the time it was the right thing to do. After that hit that guy made the play that cost us a goal. I don’t remember off hand why the D pairs were switched”