Alain Vigneault met with the media on Saturday night prior to the game against St. Louis (NYR):
- Any lineup changes, "no. Same lineup."
- On Kreider since returning, "for me, Kreids has always been a real pro. He has to be one of the best athletes I have ever coached as far as his physical preparation, he works so hard, sometimes you wonder if he is doing a little too much off the ice and on the ice, but he is getting a bigger leadership role with our team. He is one of the veteran players, he gets it. He knows that he has to do a little bit more. What he has to do is keep being himself, that hard work is a great example on the ice and off the ice. The way he played last game, that was a real powerful game and we are hoping he will bring a little bit more consistency and that is one of the areas he has been working on and hopefully he can do that for us."
- On Georgiev, "Last game was a big test for him. He gave up that third goal, which is a goal he would like to have back. We were able to come back, it didn't seem to rattle him, he stopped Malkin on that penalty shot, made some big saves in OT. Like I mentioned, he is a battler and we will see. He gets another opportunity tonight and see how he does."
- More on Georgiev, "I think this will give us an indication, not just of his potential but his mental makeup. There is nothing set in stone but it will go a long way towards us having a real positive opinion of his play if he does well. So far, every game, he has done well."
- On Pionk and Gilmour, "I think it's a little early but first impression 10-15 game segment, very positive. Both of those guys are having a very favorable opinion on the coaching staff, like their skill set, attitude, very coachable. There is no doubt that so far what they have done, as far as playing and us forming an opinion, has been very good."
- Do guys that skate like them get more leeway, "I think it's just today's NHL. If you look at most of the teams on the higher echelon, the guys can skate and move the puck. You have the mixture of players that can defend a little more but both of those guys are playing to their strengths, skating ability, good sticks defensively and they compete, both of them compete."
- On Sproul, "I thought he played well. He is a big body, has a long reach, used it well defensively and moved the puck and he jumped into the play. Those are his strengths and what he did against Pittsburgh."
Scott Arniel spoke before the game and said of Neal Pionk, "Neal, he was an offensive defenseman coming out of college, played in a lot of those situation in Hartford. Early on we wanted to throw him into situations he hadn't really done before, PK, playing against top lines. He really excelled and he has handled everything really well."(NYR)