Last week, before Lombardi played against NJ, Alain Vigneault said " He is a guy that played in the league and played with Ulfie in Phoenix. We knew his skill set, lots of speed, quick on transition, smart player, can kill penalties. He fit a role that we were looking for. He for a couple of years was on the injured side and not play up to his potential. Last year he went to Europe and had a real solid season over there from the people who our scouts are talking to. He has his confidence back and for us, it was a player that has proven he can play at this level, can he still do it, we will give him an opportunity and see what happens.”
After the game, where Lombardi played 13:12, Vigneault said that it was his first game in the NHL in a long time and "we will take it at that."