Asked about his defensemen yesterday, Alain Vigneault said:
- Ryan McDonagh: "I firmly believe that Ryan is on the right track as far as skating with the puck and making better decisions with it."
- Keith Yandle: "I think Keith is coming along, there will always be moments in games where Keith is going to make a low percentage play that could be high reward but for the most part I have really liked his last 3-4 games since the Boston games, he has been more effective. "
- Dylan McIlrath: "Dylan is a young D going through the process."
On Dan Boyle, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, Vigneault said that he believes they can "be a lot better than they have shown us. Our transition and our breakouts start with Marc and Dan and Boyler and those guys, we need those guys to handle the puck better, no doubt."
Vigneault said that at this point in the season the injuries that Girardi, Staal and McDonagh had at the end of last year shouldn't be bothering them.
He said that the Rangers defense "will get better" and that if Marc Staal knows to make a better play than he did against Colorado when he forced a pass to Kevin Hayes and it led to a goal against.