Recap: Alain Vigneault’s Pre-Game Comments/Scott Arneil Pre-Game Comments

6:47PM: Sam Rosen spoke with Scott Arniel on Rangers pregame:

  • On the PP, “for us, when we are on and we start with pucks, we have our four men up and we start on faceoffs and we can get set ad not have to scramble off the bat. It’s been able to allow us to establish a shot, we have been trying to throw shots at the net and with Kreider and Miller standing on top of the goalie we have had success with that.”
  • On Chris Kreider, “He went down with a great attitude. He worked his tail off and he came back up and has shown his speed and size. We gave him and opportunity to be on the top line and he likes that role of being in front of the net. He likes that, he likes being around there. He asks questions and he is a kid who is a real sponge and we are giving him some things that maybe he didn’t do in the past and you love to see that in a young player.”
  • On balancing, “not having some key people, it isn’t an excuse, but we aren’t spending a lot of time in our end. We are creating offense and our scoring chances are going up. It’s the finish that we need. I really like our effort. We are pounding pucks, getting bodies to the net, getting second and third chances. We are due for a breakout night, everyone is squeezing their sticks tight and it would be great to get 4 or 5 and let everyone feel good for a night.”

5:51PM: via Inside Hockey on Youtube:Alain VigneaultOn Manny Malhotra, “I have mixed emotions and mixed feelings about that. On one hand, I know that is what he really wants to do and he has worked really hard to get another opportunity so if I think of that I am real happy he is getting this opportunity. But, he had a real serious injury that we felt, with our medical staff he was putting himself in a tough situation on the ice. I showed him a number of clips, a number of times and I would ask him ‘Manny did you see that guy here?’ and he would answer that he could feel him and in my opinion there was a gray area there. It’s a tough one. He is a real quality person and a real quality guy. I know he wants to play I just hope everything works out.”

On appreciating the battle level of the team, “This group obviously knows what it takes to compete and compete at a high level. They have played a number of meaningful games over the last number of years, they know what it takes to compete and win on a consistent basis, to prepare and right now I think we are starting to execute better, we are starting to compete at a level that is needed on a regular basis that is needed to put a good game on the ice because we have shown it over the last 4 or 5 nights on a real consistent basis.”

Malhotra was in Vancouver with Vigneault from 2010-11 through last season when the Canucks shut him down after concerns about an eye injury he suffered in 2011.

Malhotra signed a tryout with Carolina in the AHL, then with the Hurricanes and made his NHL debut last night in Carolina’s 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay.