8:41PM: On Brendan Smith, Vigneault said on Friday before the game that Smith's gap and decision making was good on Wednesday and he was a "big part of quite a few scoring chances." (NYR)
Vigneault added that he thinks Smith is more comfortable playing on the left side but that he has done a good job when asked to play on the left side. (NYR)
9:10AM: Against Carolina on Wednesday, Brendan Smith had an assist, a plus four rating, a cross checking penalty, 1 shot on goal, 1 hit, giveaway and takeaway.
Smith was awarded the Broadway Hat following the game.
Smith played 6:42 in the first, 7:45 in the second and 5:29 in the third with 17:36 at even strength and 2:20 on the PK.
When Smith was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had 29 shot attempts for and 17 against. (Natural Stat Trick)
Following the game, Alain Vigneault said, "this was probably Smitty's best game of the year tonight offensively and defensively." (MSG)
Chris Kreider said that he thought Smith did an "incredible job" stepping up in place of Ryan McDonagh. (MSG)