6PM: Alain Vigneault met with the media prior to tonight's game and said (NYR):
- On Boo sitting out, "I just felt that for tonight's game that it was the right decision to do. Davey had been playing some good hockey, so has Boo but one forward had to come out and I felt that for tonight's game that Davey deserved to stay in."
- On leaning toward playing veterans, "not at all, might be your perception that I lean toward veterans but I lean towards the players that give us the best chance to win. I have said before that age has no talent, if I feel that a player, young or old, will help our team to win, that is the approach I am going to tape."
- On where JT will play, "he has done a real good job and that is one of the things that we said earlier on that we liked about JT, that versatility. If a player can play more than one position it is such a bonus, and the center position is a tough position to play. JT can play all three positions well and during Mika's absence he played some good hockey, not just offensively but at both ends, good on draws and he has done a good job."
- Will you keep him at center, "I always thought that he could play center but I think he would be the first to tell you that he prefers the wing and feels more comfortable there. At the end of the day he is like any player on the team and will do what is best for the team and has no problems playing center."
- On Grabner, "I don't think it's the system, I think it's more that his skill level and that speed that he has. He has that breakaway speed where he can get in the open and break away from the other team, forwards or D. I had him as a very young player, unfortunately at the time, management, we were short on D and that as the price we had to pay because we wouldn't have gotten rid of him. He was a good young player with a lot of upside and he has proven through the years to be a real solid player."
- How does the fourth line change with Desharnais, "if you look at Davey's game, in-between Kreids and Buch, they have been spending some good offensive zone and defensively he had been solid for us. I wanted him to bring that tonight with Jimmy and Paul, those two guys have been effective and I expect them to give us a good game tonight."
5:13PM: Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight against the Ducks, his fourth start in a row. (NYR)
Lundqvist said that he started cramping up in the third period against Boston and that after the two games it was the "most tired" he has ever been in the regular season. (NY Post)
Tonight will be Lundqvist's 29th start of the season and he is now more than halfway to the amount of starts he made last season, 55.