In December, Vigneault was asked about the idea of giving Dan Girardi a rest as a precaution and said that it was one of those scenarios that would work "in an ideal world."
He said that the Metro is very tight and that "you need to play your best lineup and what you feel is your best lineup and that is what we are trying to do, we are trying to win games. "
On Saturday, Vigneault was again asked about the idea of resting Girardi and said that he is only looking at things one game at a time.
He did mention that the schedule is about to get tougher for the Rangers with 5 back to backs in march and a stretch of 8 games in 13 nights coming up and said "It is something that depending where I feel his energy level is and the rest of the group it is something that might consider. You have to go with what your best lineup is, it's such a competitive league and we will see how it goes."
Adam Rotter: I've thought for pretty much the whole season that Dan Girardi should play 3-4 games and then get a rest, same for Kevin Klein with his struggles. The question Alain Vigneault needs to ask is if Girardi or Klein, playing the third game in four nights is a better option than a fresh Adam Clendening. It makes sense on the surface, at least to me, to rest one of the veteran defensemen on a schedule of sorts, similar to that of Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta, and try to keep Klein and Girardi as fresh as they can be down the stretch and in the playoffs.