Speculation over the weekend indicated that a loss tonight to Vegas could mean the end for Alain Vigneault's tenure as Rangers coach.
Vigneault said on Saturday after the loss to Montreal, "we are 3-7-2, that is alarming to me right now. We need to play better than we have."
He said on Monday that he has been through a few of these tough situations before in his career and that the Rangers will become better after going through this adversity.
Rick Nash said that the Rangers have a feeling of urgency and know that they've 'got to be better and put a full 60 minutes together. (Newsday)
Adam Rotter: There wasn't a whole lot of follow up speculation, after the initial report, about Vigneault, either confirming or denying it, so we will see what happens. My guess is that Alain Vigneault's seat has gotten hotter than it was to start the year, when it wasn't hot at all, but that he isn't on the verge of losing his job.
That said, this has become a must win for the Rangers because Vegas is on their fourth goalie of the season, someone named Max Lagace that let in 4 goals on 11 shots against the Isles in his NHL debut. The Rangers don't need to hang 15 goals on this guy but they do need to score, play with structure and get big saves from Henrik Lundqvist. Vegas won't just quit and give the game to the Rangers but if the Rangers are serious about turning things around, they need this game.