Recap: Alain Vigneault’s Pre Game Comments

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6:50PM: Sam Rosen spoke with Alain Vigneault on the MSG Pre Game show:

  • On the hockey gods testing the team, “We have had a few instances or bounces that have not gone our way but I was saying yesterday that this group, as far as work ethic is as strong or good enough as any I have been with. When the work ethic is that strong the bounces even out and I am sure that they will.”
  • “That is part of the test we are thrown right now. You need to respond to the good and bad during the games and keep playing the way that will permit you to have success. We told our players to play a bit higher percentage hockey that should give us a better chance at success.”
  • On Dylan McIlrath, “We look for him to keep it simple, play to his strengths. I spoke with Ken in Hartford yesterday and he said that he has a good first past and brings some physical play to the game. That is what we want to see.”
  • On filling in Ryan Callahan, “those guys are hard to replace with what they bring night in and night out but we have some other guys who are strong leaders and good performers.”
  • You are staying positive here, “that is the only way to go.”

1:06PM: Alain Vigneault met with the media following the rangers optional morning skate (Rangers):

  • Is Brass out, “He’s out…posterior’s (laughing) inflamed. He is day to day.”
  • Pyatt and Pouliot back in, “Yes… and with Ash that is 12 healthy forwards.”
  • On McIlrath, “I talked yesterday with Ken in Hartford and we talked about the possibility of calling up a defensemen and his name came up. He felt that the way Dylan has played defensively, penalty killing that he was the guy to call up. He had been improving since we sent him down and if we wanted any of his defensemen, he was the one to call up. You trust the coach and we called him up.”

  • On McIlrath being physical, “He definitely brings size and hopefully some physicality to our game. He has done it whether it be in junior or the American league and hopefully he can do it at this level.”
  • Is Falk out, “yes.”
  • On the former players coming to the Rangers, “There is obviously a heightened sense of awareness to play against your former organization, your former team and obviously you have a lot of friends there. The competitor in any player will want to prove to the opposition that they they want to win and I am expecting our guys who played in Columbus, just like the guys who played here to be more excited and it should make it a real good game.