Alain Vigneault met with the media on Tuesday after practice and said the following (NYR):
- What do you want to see from Shattenkirk, "same thing we have been talking about since we signed Kevin on the first of July. Not only that puck moving ability at 5 on 5 and on the PP but he is going to have a major role on our team and part of being a successful team is having players that play hard with and without the puck. As much as brought him in for his offensive abilities, we need him to defend well and show the right reads when he doesn't have the puck because he will be playing important minutes for us and important minutes are against the best players in the league. It's a good challenge for him and one that I am sure that he wants and will live up to."
- On Lias Andersson playing again, "he is back in. The only two guys getting back to back games are Lias and Desjardins.It was just a matter of checking the lineup and seeing who we have. We made some cuts on some of our younger guys and we have two practice groups right now, playing tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. I would say that the next set up cuts will come after the Saturday game, maybe 1 or 2 before that, but probably going to keep two full practice groups and the playing groups won't always be the same. We have tomorrow and then 4 games in 5 nights. Some guys will get good opportunity to show what they have here."
- Will you watch a game from above, "one of the last two games, Gorts and I have talked about it. We will see how we are doing in the decision process, decision making we are doing at that time but it will be one of those two."
- On Lias, "I just think that the more we get a chance to look at him the better read we are going to get on his readiness to, logically, make the next step. Anyone who has looked at our lineup knows that center is a position with opportunity for different players. He will play again tomorrow, Filip will play his first game tomorrow so I am anxious to see how he is going to do. He has looked real well in practice. A lot of other guys tomorrow are getting a first opportunity and hopefully it will be a good one."
- On Filip and learning the language, "in my conversations with him and Arnie's conversations with him, 1 on 1 with him he gets it. He can focus and understand and for us it's a challenge because when we are having our team meetings, our video meetings, there he loses what is being said. Tomorrow, we have it scheduled that Arnie is going to talk to him, go through with him and we are going to bring in Pavs to help us out to make sure he understands. We found that when we are having these 1 on 1s whether it's in the clinic or outside, he gets it and can exchange but when we are explaining something on video and it's too much for us to stop and try and explain it to him. We just picked up on this the last couple of days, that the language was a bigger barrier than we anticipated. It will be fine and Pavs will be there in the next couple of days. I'm sure he will pick it up and understand."
- On the penalties, "it's the same thing as when the guys came back from the lockout and the league was cracking down on hooking and interference and all of that stuff. It's the same thing now, they want to crack down on the sticks to the hands and want players to square up and be on their side of the lines on the faceoffs. A penalty was awarded in our game, a penalty awarded in Toronto/Ottawa. They are cracking down on it, get used to it and follow the rules. You are always trying to push the limits and push the line in your favor, there will be a point where your players figure it out and will be on the right side of not getting a penalty. We have five games to work on it and hopefully tomorrow will be a better game for us."