Read: John Moore expected to return for Game 2

John Moore

5:32PM: Bill Pidto says that Moore is in. (MSG)

6/7/14 | 5:23PM:Vigneault would not confirm that Moore is in but it is expected that he is. (Andrew Gross)

6/6/14 | 9:33PM: Moore said on MSG on Friday:

  • On what he noticed from above, “there wasn’t a lot of open ice, that was for sure, they played us very tight and as a five man unit and they came as advertised but the ice was hard to come by and the biggest thing is supporting the puck carrier and something that we need to work on.”
  • On his situation and his game, “All the stuff, it happens and I don’t see it impacting my play. It’s unfortunate what happened but it’s hockey first and foremost and I don’t see what happened changing my style.”
  • What will you focus on in game one, “I don’t know, at this time of the year xs and os are important but you are playing for the cup and it all comes from inside now. Sitting out and watching game one, it sucked so you are motivated and it’s a battle of wills. I am hopeful I get a chance.”
  • On the need for an “A” game, “no one is coming in here looking to take a step back and trying to bring anything other than their “A” game but we need to execute and play as a five man unit. We want this, that isn’t a question and we need to play a strong team game.”

Alain Vigneault said today “As far as him being ready, I know that if we need him, he will be. He works extremely hard. He’s only missed two games. How he’s going to respond after being suspended, that question goes to him. I think he’ll be fine. He’s given us some real important minutes this year and I think he’ll be fine.”

7:41AM: Rangers defenseman John Moore is expected to return for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals (Newsday, June 5).

When asked about Moore yesterday, Alain Vigneault wouldn’t confirm he would be in the lineup but said “Well, Johnny’s played some good hockey for us. He skates with the puck well. He’s left‑handed D. Think it’s easier to go D to D when you have right‑ and left‑handers Rafa has done a good job for us also. Johnny has been one of our consistent six defensemen that we’ve rolled all year. If we do go that way, I’m sure he’s going to be ready for it and he’s going to look forward to the opportunity.”

Moore missed game one to finish serving his two game suspension for hitting Dale Weise in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Moore has played in 17 playoff games and has one assist, is a plus four and is averaging 14:05 per game.