What Alain Vigneault said after practice on Wednesday (NYR):
- On Georgiev starting, "you hope that he will be able to control his nerves, that is obviously going to be an issue but everything I hear about him is positive, guys like him, I hope the team in front of him plays real hard. We have to come out with energy, I thought we did that in the Philly game. We had energy and were ready to play. Obviously towards the end there wasn't much left in the tank but we have had a full week to regroup here. I want us to play a good game in front of a guy playing his first game in goal for us."
- On the Holden trade, "it's tough to really express what is going on right now, this is a little awkward in that we came out and said it. A lot of teams do it but don't say it. It makes it a bit more challenging as far as team dynamics but at the end of the day we have three games before the trade deadline ends. We gotta focus and be pros and that is players and coaches and it's what we will do."
- On the return of Marc Staal, "I talked to him at the end of practice, he said he was good to go. That veteran presence and that help as far as defending and PK will come in handy. I have him slotted tomorrow with Tony and hopefully that can be a good pair, defensive minded defenseman, puck moving defenseman. Hopefully those guys can gel and have some good chemistry and give us a real good game tomorrow."
- On Chris Kreider, "medically he has been cleared, he is good to go. Not tomorrow but could be any time between Friday and Sunday. He's been cleared by the docs, he skated with us again today, not a lot of full practice time, but he skated today. He's staying behind, he will stay with all our injured guys. Shatty is skating, Mac is skating, Pavs has started to skate. All of those guys will skate tomorrow, Pavs hasn't started taking shots but he has started to skate. The other guys are coming along. I would say that Kreids is getting close and that will be a positive and bring us positive energy coming back into our lineup."
- On McDonagh, "He's skating full go, I think it's just a matter of days before he can join the group in practice. Is it going to be two, four, five, not sure, the medical staff will decide that but he is really getting closer."
- On JT Miller, "I wouldn't put much into today's line. I left the lines the way they were, I wanted to look at a couple of things. I would expect the lines tomorrow to be different, the last time I put JT there, we were playing five in seven and a couple of hours, I wanted balance throughout the lineup. I knew I needed to play four lines and get through. That fourth line did some good things for us. I'm looking at some other options tomorrow, we will skate tomorrow morning in Montreal, probably won't see the lines, just a couple of slow drills, see the lines in warmups. I have some ideas on what I want to do but I want to meet with my staff."
- On O'Gara, "I'm going to start him Gilly. As much as Rob told me he had been playing the right side the last month and a half, we want him to be comfortable, he is more used to the left side. Gilly, good skater and good skill, I'll throw him on the right side and I am sure it will be fine and we will get a good read on what he can do for us."