Alain Vigneault met with the media on Monday following practice and said (NYR):
- On when Brendan Smith will get back in, "sometimes the circumstances make it that it's not just the wins but the way our D group is playing. In the last game against Edmonton in the last 25 minutes we didn't give them a scoring chance. That group is playing extremely well, the team is winning, we are going to get him back in but for now, in the next game we will stick with the same group of D that we have."
- On Kevin Hayes, "Like our team, it took him a little while to adjust and adapt. Last game he goes up against McDavid and they did a real good job. Not only did they limit that lines scoring opportunities at 5 on 5 but they also generated a quite a few. He had a couple, Nasher had a couple, Zucc had a couple. That, combined with the PK and the important minutes he has there, he is coming along and he needs to continue to be hard on puck battles, maybe move the puck a little quicker. Use his size and skill level but he is coming along, he is progressing and improving and that is what we need from him."
- On Vesey, "he's good to go, he played the last game with the teeth in his lips and they took the teeth out. Spent part of the morning in the dentist chair to fix it up and he looks like a hockey player, a beautiful young man."
- "for me as a coach, you get to know which player can play through certain levels of discomfort and pain. Most of the guys, if they get to this level, it's because they have accustomed their body to playing through some pain. With the schedule and the demands of practice, yuo are never 100% , it just doesn't happen. You have to be able to play and once Jimmy was sewn up he came back and they came back, found the tooth, opened him up again and he was alright after that."
- Have you told a player he can't go back to play, "that's not me, that is the docs and medical. It does happen. They tell me when they can play and it's up to our doctors and Rammer and his staff. They would never put a player in a situation where it would be dangerous but there are different levels of bumps and bruises that you can play through and that is what the docs and medical staff have to decide."
- "part of the confidence that comes with the way we are playing right now and winning. If you break down our game, defensively we aren't giving up a lot and it's more about playing the right way and for the past 10/11 games our game has been building and we have to continue to do that."