1/8/17 | 12:46AM: Following the game, Alain Vigneault was asked about the moves on MSG and said:
- On Buchnevich & Smith being scratched, "I just felt that for the tonight it was the right thing to do and I wanted to get Kampf in here for some time. On back to back nights, I just wanted to get him back in the lineup."
- Why Buchnevich, "analyzing our different lines, I wasn't sure if Zuccy was going to play so I felt that for tonight it was the right thing to do."
1/7/17 | 9:29PM: Pavel Buchnevich and Brendan Smith are scratched from tonight's game against Vegas. (NHL)
Smith will be replaced by Steve Kampfer and Buchnevich will be replaced by a returning Mats Zuccarello.
This is the first healthy scratch of the season for Buchnevich, the ninth for Smith.
Buchnevich played 15:33 last night and missed on his shootout attempt.
He played 5:22 in the first, 5:40 in the second and 4:31 in the third and did not take a shift in OT.
Smith played 17:19, 6:29 in the first, 6:03 in the second and 4:47 in the third. He did not take a shift in OT.