Derick Brassard said that he and Benoit Pouliot are close friends and that having a good off-ice relationship certainly helps with on-ice chemistry. (NHL.com)
Dave Maloney said after the game on Tuesday that everything with this line runs through Mats Zuccarello.
In the first 27 games of the season, Benoit Pouliot had 2 goals and 2 assists while seeing his ice time drop from 13:38 in October to 10:22 in November.
- In December, Pouliot had 9 points in 12 games and averaged 12:34 per game.
- In January, Pouliot has 2 goals and 5 assists. He has 93 hits on the season.
Pouliot said that his issues earlier in the season weren’t because of lack of focus, but instead because he put too much pressure on himself. Pouliot said that he is just playing on his instincts now. (Daily News)
Alain Vigneault says that Pouliot has been playing with a lot of confidence lately and is actually one of the Rangers most physical forwards with how he finishes check and makes things hard on the defense.
Pouliot told Joe Micheletti before the Rangers win over the Red Wings that earlier in the season he wasn’t going to the tough areas, he wasn’t making smart plays with the puck and decided that enough was enough and he had to get better. He told Micheletti that he watches his shifts multiple times over to see what he is doing and how he can be better.
He told John Giannone before the game against Ottawa that being physical is “huge” for his game and “if I can use my size the way that I have been lately, things have been going pretty well so I just want to keep it going and create room for my linemates.”
Dave Maloney said that Pouliot’s physical results in the Rangers scoring goals.
Pouliot said that whenever he goes in to make a hit he is always trying to be careful and respectful of opponent. (Daily News)
Pierre McGuire repeatedly said on Wednesday against the Islanders that Pouliot was playing the best hockey he has played since he was a junior player in Sudbury.
Benoit Pouliot has a five-game point streak and points in six of his last seven games.
When asked what changed in his game, Pouliot told John Giannone after the game against the Wild, “I just try to stop thinking too much. Just play the game I am supposed to play and go out there and play hockey. It’s a matter of going consistently.”
Alain Vigneault said before the Maple Leafs game that Pouliot took his being a healthy scratch and responded in a big way, “jumping at a second opportunity.” He says that Pouliot is being more physical and finishing his checks.
Pouliot tells John Giannone, “Maybe I was thinking too much. I stopped thinking and just started playing hockey. I came back to what I was supposed to do or should be doing and not trying to do too much in my game.”
7:41PM: In the month of December, Benoit Pouliot has 5 points in 7 games and he currently has points in three-straight games.
When on the ice in the last ten games, the Rangers have had 50% or more of the shot attempts in eight of them.
In the last four games, Pouliot has played over 11:23 and he played a season high 16:59 against the Islanders. In the four games prior, Pouliot played under 10 minutes in each game.
Alain Vigneault said this week that Pouliot has been one of the Rangers top players over the last few games.
Adam Rotter: He’s been good lately and it seems like he has finally gotten the message that his NHL career is on the line. He’s much more engaged than he has been at any other point in the year and for the most part he’s been effective. He is still going offsides a bit much, but he’s scoring and battling and can hopefully keep it going.
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Last night against Calgary, Benoit Pouliot did this in the shootout:
This move has been part of Pouliot’s arsenal for many years:
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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.