Alain Vigneault met with the media on Saturday before the game against Montreal and said (NYR):
On Shattenkirk, "he's coming along. It always takes a bit of time for a player to get used to his new surroundings when he has been with an organization for a long time. Shatty is finding his way both defensively and his decision making with the puck and we have a lot of faith and confidence in this young man and I am sure things are going to work out."
On Smith and McDonagh, "those two are building some chemistry. Smytty is a feisty defenseman that plays with bite and obviously Mac can do it at both ends. When Mac is skating and moving the puck he is one of the best defensemen in the league. I mentioned prior to that last game that we need Mac to bring his "A" game, we are getting an "A" effort but we need an "A" performance and I think his last game was a step in the right direction."