5:35PM: Alain Vigneault said that Moore’s game has slipped a little lately.
5:02PM: Dominic Moore will be healthy scratch tonight and Benoit Pouliot will take his place in the lineup (Katie Strang)
Pouliot was a healthy scratch last night.
Michael Del Zotto is in for Marc Staal.
1:27PM: Pouliot is scratched tonight and Alain Vigneault said earlier that Pouliot has gotten a fair chance but hasn’t played as well as he or the coaches hoped he would.
2:24PM: Benoit Pouliot has played in all 29 games for the Rangers so far this season and only has one point in his past 176games.
Pouliot saw his ice time drop from 13:38 in 12 October games to 10:22 in 15 November games.
On November 4th, Pouliot played 12:41 and since then, 15 games, he has played under 10 minutes nine different times.
Joe Micheletti said on MSG last week that Alain Vigneault said that he was going to keep playing Pouliot.
Sam Rosen said that Vigneault called this the the “crossroads” of Pouliot’s career.
Joe said during the Sabres game that the coaches are showing patience with him because when they see him in practice they see the skating and offensive skill that he possesses.
Vigneault spoke about Pouliot earlier this season and how he better seize the opportunities currently being given to him.
Larry Brooks tweets that Justin Falk and JT Miller are IN tonight’s Rangers lineup and that Benoit Pouliot and Michael Del Zotto are scratched.
Henrik Lundqvist starts in net.
Derek Dorsett is still out with a wrist injury.
So far this season, Benoit Pouliot has 2 goals and 2 assists in 18 games and is averaging 12:40 per game.
Pouliot has played under 10 minutes in three of the last four games and has one point in the last seven games. He only has points in 3 games this season and has taken penalties in three of the last five.
In early November Alain Vigneault was asked about Pouliot and said that it was time for Pouliot to become a consistent player/scorer because if he doesn’t he won’t be around the NHL much longer.
Vigneault said that he has spoken and been very direct about this with Pouliot and that things with him don’t just go from game to game they go from shift to shift.
He said that he speaks French with Pouliot and mentions a phrase that translates to “goes to the moon” for how Pouliot seems to act on the ice sometimes.
Pouliot told Ranger Rants that there are a number of things that have held him back from reaching his potential and that the key is to show up and work hard every night. Pouliot said that it isn’t something specific, it’s just about working hard all the time and trying to get better.
Adam Rotter: So far Pouliot has done a pretty good job of living up to the reputation that proceeded him. He has been frustrating, inconsistent and at times really good. His spot in the lineup should be in danger, with Dominic Moore back this weekend and Rick Nash seemingly back sooner rather than later. I’m sure, if Pouliot stays in the lineup, that he will have some point streaks, score some goals and then fade away again.
Benoit Pouliot scored his second goal of the season last night and his first game winner as a New York Ranger.
Pouliot skated on a line with Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards and ran a criss-cross/give and go with Hagelin on the winner.
Alain Vigneault said after the game last night that Pouliot has become a difference maker in the last few games and that he is taking advantage of an opportunity right now with Carl Hagelin and Rick Nash out of the lineup.
On the season, Pouliot has 18 shots on goal, 4 shots that missed the net and five shots that were blocked.
- Over the last three games he has 2 goals, 1 assit, 4 shots on goal, 1 shot that missed the net and 1 shot that was blocked
On-ice this season, Pouliot has been on for 99 shot attempts for, 108 against, 49 shots on goal for and 60 against at even strength.
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3:34PM: It appears that Pouliot will not have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety.
9:36AM: Benoit Pouliot was given a game misconduct last nigh for a hit on Max Talbot that resulted in a five-minute boarding and match penalty.
The Flyers, according to CSN Philly, didn’t view the play as “malicious” and Talbot said that Pouliot isn’t a dirty player.
Talbot told Sarah Baicker, “I can’t really skate that well, so I may have stumbled on my feet. I didn’t feel like I got pushed or anything.” He added that he felt he may have tripped before he was even touched by Pouliot.
Flyers coach Craig Berube described it as a an accident and he said that he doesn’t think that Pouliot did more than give Talbot a bit of a bump while he was already off balance.
After the game, Alain Vigneault said “I just looked at it quickly after the period. The refs thought it was a 5 minutes, I thought Pouliot was trying to go shoulder to shoulder and Talbot lost his step a little bit and fell awkwardly into the boards. They felt he deserved a major and a 5 minute misconduct.”
As of last night, according to Louis Jean of TVA in Montreal, the play was under review from the NHL.
9:04PM: Max Talbot returned to the game for the Flyers
8:36PM: With 3 minutes left in the second period, Benoit Pouliot pushed Max Talbot from behind and Talbot went face first into the boards in front of the Rangers bench.
Talbot’s head swung back upon making contact with the boards and Pouliot appeared to express concern over the hit and attempted to help Talbot.
Talbot struggled to get to the locker room and Pouliot was given a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.
It is likely that Pouliot will have a call with the NHL Department of Player Safety over the hit.
Pouliot does not appear to have a history with suspensions or fines.
While meeting with the media yesterday, Alain Vigneault said that there are a few players, he didn’t specify, who have been given big roles and top six minutes but have yet to produce.
Pat Leonard, in the Daily News, thinks that the unnamed players that Vigneault mentioned are Benoit Pouliot, Taylor Pyatt and Mats Zuccarello.
Those three players have combined for ZERO points and a total of 21 shots on goal.
- Pouliot: minus 3, 13:49 per game, on ice for 3 goals against, 0 goals for, 59 shot attempts against, 64 shot attempts for, 36 shots on goal against, 30 shots on goal for.
Starts: 30.8% of shifts in offensive zone, 40.4% in the neutral zone, 28.8% in the defensive zone
- Zuccarello: minus 2, 17:23 per game, on ice for 2 goals against, 0 goals for, 76 total shot attempts against, 77 shot attempts for, 46 shots on goal against, 36 shots on goal for.
Starts: 23.2% of shifts in offensive zone, 35.7% in neutral zone, 41.1% in defensive zones
- Pyatt: minus 6, 15:22 per game, on ice for 8 goals against, 1 goal for, 90 total shot attempts against, 53 shot attempts for, 46 shots on goal against, 30 shots on goal for.
Starts: 17.7% in the offensive zone, 51.6% in the neutral zone, 30.6% in the defensive zone.
Zuccarello told the Daily News that he knows he has to produce and that while he is glad to have been given a good role, he knows he will lose it if he doesn’t start adding offense.
Derick Brassard told the NY Post that he to create offense for his linemates and when he gets scoring chances he needs to bury them.
In four games this season, Benoit Pouliot has averaged 13:39 and has seven shots goal, six hit,s a minus three rating and zero points.
According to Extra Skater, Pouliot has been on the ice for 53 total shots for and 49 total shots against. Removing blocked shots, Pouliot has been on the ice for 36 shots for and 35 shots against. In terms of actual shots on goal, Pouliot has been on the ice for 25 shots for and 31 shots against.
He is starting his even strength shifts in the offensive zone 31.7% of the time, neutral zone 39% and defensive zone 29.3%
Alain Vigneault said recently, “what we have seen in spurts is a highly skilled, quick player that has had some good scoring chances. If he wants to stay there he needs to chip in, so he is getting that opportunity and should grab it. Right now our assessment of our players is really limited. We had the 4 games in 5 nights, we had one game, 3 days in between and now we are going to play 4 games in six nights. Now we are getting into hockey mode and it should be real good for our group.”
Marc Staal was a teammate of Pouliot’s in Sudbury of the OHL and said that Pouliot is playing with skilled guys and has a chance at a big opportunity with the Rangers.
Pouliot told the Daily News that he has to play a style that involves going to the net, creating traffic and using his size. He added that the biggest thing for him is doing it every night and trying to form it as a habit so it becomes second nature to him.
Arpon Basu, who manages LNH.com (The French NHL.com) and is based in Montreal, sent out tweets asking why the Rangers would sign Pouliot.
He added that Pouliot is supremely talented but is a player who doesn’t care.
Cam Charron, who specializes in advanced statistics, countered bysaying that numbers show teams play better with Pouliot on the ice.
Larry Brooks tweeted today that Pouliot is “utterly clueless” on the ice.
He writes in the NY Post that Pouliot was benched for 11:49 in the second period after turning the puck over and pretty much leading to the last two Anaheim goals.
While chatting with the media on Friday, Alain Vigneault said that he has kept Derick Brassard between Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot together as a line.
The line contributed two goals in the Rangers 3-2 over the flyers.
In describing each other’s games, Pouliot told Katie Strang of ESPN NY, that Brassard is a dangerous, shifty and quick player.
Brassard told Strang that Zuccarello is a special kind of player who can see the ice well.
Alain Vigneault said that Brassard and Pouliot have some chemistry and that it should continue to build the more they are together.
On his own game, Brassard told Ranger Rants that he knew last year that he had another level to his game and that he doesn’t want to put too much stock in one preseason game.
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