Alain Vigneault met with the media following practice on Friday and said (NYR):
- On the issues starting games, "definitely can't be perfect in a game, seems to be that our starts, we fall behind but we battle back. If we can find a way, and we are telling our players, the high percentage plays to make to be able to not make the mistakes we are making. So far it has put us behind the 8-ball a little bit and tomorrow we get another opportunity to start a better game. It's not the 5th, 6th, 7th time, its' a new day and new time and an afternoon game and we will be ready for it."
- How does the team battle back, "our guys are playing hard and playing the right way. I've been through a few of these situations, this group is together, accountable, it's focused, out early today, working extra, extra video. They want to succeed, they want the Rangers and their fans to be happy and that is what we are trying to do here. Right now, because of the circumstances, it's a little bit challenging on the ice and mentally but as you can see, guys don't give up, plug away and battle hard. We are playing against a Stanley Cup finalist, they just went into Philly and won 1-0. They are on top of their game right now, another tough opponent and we will need to be real good."
- How do you guard against guys trying to do too much, "with the willingness of individuals, it's normal to be a difference maker, want to be out there, want to do a little more. Focus on the right things, short shift hockey, make the plays, and it has to be, if you saw the second half of the game, a five man group. It was 5 men breaking out, on the forecheck, the D were involved. Our defense were such a big part of how we play and how we defend. Our D have to be up there and tight on the gap and creating turnovers and that is what we did in the second half of the game yesterday. We did well but this is a game where, early on the other team made us pay for a couple of our mistakes and it's a fine line, right now we are on the wrong side of that line."
- On the centers, "both Hayes and Mika and David and who we use on the fourth line, they are adjusting to different minutes, big minutes and that is all part of what we are going through. It's a learning curve but if you look at our guys and the attitude and nobody is pointing the finger or trying to blame anything. We are all trying to work through this. We know it's going to be challenging and tomorrow is another opportunity."
- On Rick Nash, "he is a beast, he is the image of our team right now. He's getting tons of chances, only has one goal. Can I go to Rick and say that he needs to do more? Finishing is the end result and I said this yesterday, I believe that if you do the right thing that the right outcome and reward will come for Rick, and the rest of our group."
- On Buchnevich, "I went with different line combos, he ended up with a different group. When I shortened the bench, I think I used him four times with Mika and a couple of times with JT, I thought his line with Grabs was real effective and had some good moments in the offensive zone. Buch is a young player, played around 30 games last year, is learning to become a pro, to be consistent, still out on the first PP unit. He has a tremendous amount of skill and will continue to get better for us."
- On Hayes, Jesper and Jimmy, "hard working line. Jesper and Jimmy are in hard on the forecheck and can be physical and create turnovers. Hayes can compliment those guys well. In the last couple of games I have been using that line against one of the other teams top line."
- On the defense pairs changing up, "We went down for a little while there. A couple of D men got out there a little longer. Sometimes in offensive zone draws we prefer to have Shatty and Tony on the right side, that gives us a better look right off the bat. Sometimes we are mixing and matching all the time."