Alain Vigneault met with the media in Columbus earlier and said (NYR):
- On their PP, "without a doubt it's been one of their big weapons this year. It gives them momentum and their execution is a challenge for any team and it will be a challenge for us. They have good net presence and great puck movement so we will have our hands full tonight...staying out of the box would be a good idea."
- Will Rick and Mika skate during the bye, "yes, as far as I have been told they are supposed to skate every day or every other day."
- Could Mika be cleared after this week, "He is closing in on that. I wouldn't say Friday or Saturday, he would need a couple of practices in but it might be a possibility depending on how he feels. I know that talking with him the past couple of days he has been feeling real well and skating real well."
- On Buchnevich last night, "I talked quickly to Rammer, I haven't talked to Jeff but the feedback that he got was that he played a good game, felt no pain. They are keeping him out of the lineup tonight but he is going to play tomorrow. They didn't want him playing back to back but as far as what Rammer told me as far as feedback, everything went well."