Recap: Scott Arniel’s comments on MSG (Alain Vigneault’s pre game comments)

Scott ArnielScott Arniel spoke with Sam Rosen on MSG before the Ran and Habs:

  • On time off and the key thing they worked on, “it was an unexpected break. We were looking at 15 in 29. We practiced the one day we were supposed to travel, maybe a bit more of an extended practice and then we gave them off Friday which was nice for some of the guys who have been going pretty good. It’s all detail stuff for a team that is on a roll and one of the top in the East. We gotta make sure we are good.”
  • What do you want to bring from the Philly game, “the one word we have been looking for is consistency. Just, we played hard in all areas, good without the puck, even against Philly our forecheck was strong. Against a mobile team like Montreal, it has to be an area that is good. We need to be consistent for 60 minutes, not just a period here and there.”
  • On Montreal, “nothing changes for us. We know what worked in the playoffs and we made them work and put a lot of pressure on their defense. They are a transition speed and have speed if you let them open up the game. We need to have them play from the red line back.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today after practice

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice (NYR):

  • On Stempniak for tomorrow, “if we need him he will be ready to go. See how he responds tomorrow morning and make a decision and be ready to go.”
  • On now having a back to back in Feb because of the Buffalo game was rescheduled, “anytime a schedule where there is a game that is postponed, it’s going to be a challenge. The schedule is already very challenging the way that it is, so, they found a spot in Feb that works for both teams and we will handle it when we get there.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain Vigneault Alain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice:

  • Can you play weatherman, “I was waiting for an answer before practice, during practice because if we weren’t going to play we would have went a little longer and harder. Given a day off tomorrow, etc, come back and play Montreal. We are in a wait and see mode for another little while.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on 98.7 ESPN Radio following the Rangers 2-0 win over the Flyers:

  • “That was a little better, eh?”
  • What is it about certain opponents, “I don’t have an answer for you right now. We know the right way to play. We have proven it on a number of occasions against some very good teams and we need to do it with consistency.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (Needing to be better)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice (NYR):

  • On not being the hungrier team, “I know that this team knows the right way to play. I know that this team knows the compete level that is needed to have success on a nightly basis. I know that this team has strong leadership and I know that this team has accountability. There is no doubt that what you are saying, we are playing one good game and then one where we aren’t playing the right way and then the next one we are on the right track, that is why we are .500 hockey right now. I know that everyone in that room is very aware of it and we are dealing with it. We are doing everything within our power to get on the right track consistently, to play the right way consistently and we are going to continue to harp on the attention to detail we need to harp on. This group, in my mind, will prove that it can play consistently and the right way.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to Tampa Bay:

  • “Very tough to explain. We had a good start to the game then they scored that goal, they got momentum. We had a good start to the second, forced them into a few penalties and then they scored. Other than the start to the first two periods, everything in between was just a total disaster. Turnovers and, we made it easy on the opposition for their breakouts and everything in between.”
  • “we played applied the system in Pitt. On nights we apply it we apply it on shift to shift, tonight we applied it to start and then for whatever reason…as a group we need to find a solution to it and right now we are a .500 hockey team and .500 won’t get you into the playoffs.”
  • On defensive struggles, “puck management, one on one situations…a, b, c, d…pick one…..thanks guys.”