January 16 morning skate quotes: Stoll, Vey, Jones
Jarret Stoll, on the previous St. Louis game, and what the team wants to do tonight:
I thought we had a decent start that game, we just got into penalty trouble early. We can’t do that. They’ve had a good power play all year. We have to be disciplined. Under three – three or under is probably our number for penalties to take. If we do that, we’re going to be playing 5-on-5 a lot of the game, and obviously that’s what we want. We’ve won in this building before. We have a lot to redeem ourselves for, for the last time we were in here. Each team has won a game so far this season in the series. So it’s kind of the grudge match, so to speak. We want to win it.
Stoll, on the St. Louis forecheck:
They support well. They’re a quick team. They’re tenacious on the forecheck. They’ve got some little forwards, some big forwards that all play big. We have to out support them on our break out, their forechecks. It’s just a matter of whether we want to get into those hard areas or not and win those puck battles and get those pucks out of there – just basically out support them. They’ve got two guys we’ve got three – it’s that quick getting back to help our defensemen, our D-men getting back quick, our goaltender making good plays with our D – it all works together. And when you do all those things, you’re going to break out of your zone clean. It’s not always going to happen clean, but as long as you win those battles that you need to win and get pucks out and get pucks moving north and into their zone where we want to play.
Stoll, on if preparation ever changes for teams that face each other frequently:
No, they know us pretty well and we know them. Minimizing mistakes and staying out of the penalty box, good special teams – we’ve got to get our power play going, our penalty killing can get a little better still – just all those little things. There’s a fine line between our two teams and we know that and they know that. It’s just a matter of the least amount of mistakes is probably going to win the game tonight and whoever capitalizes on some of them. Bears down on their opportunities – which we need to get better at, a lot of those things.
Stoll, on St. Louis alleging to having cleared a mental hurdle after the last game:
That’s their dressing room. That has nothing to do with our dressing room. We know how we have to play and we play our style our way – we know it will be good enough. But if we don’t, we won’t win.
Linden Vey, on how he viewed his return to Manchester:
You just go back down there. Obviously you go down there, there’s a reason you’re going down. You’ve got to improve on a few things, and you do the same thing. You just take it day by day and keep trying to get better.
Vey, on whether the teams systems are noticeably similar between the AHL and NHL:
Yeah, I think it is, but I think obviously the leagues are quite a bit different. Up here you just don’t have enough time with the puck. Obviously the players are a lot better. There’s a reason one’s the NHL and one’s the American league. Obviously you just want to get better, and this is obviously a place where I want to be, and everybody for that matter. I’m happy to be back up.
Vey, on being used in special teams and a variety of situations with Los Angeles:
The coaches gave me a great opportunity when I was up here the last time. It just gives you that much more confidence when they put you in key situations like that.
Martin, Jones, on when he learned he was being recalled:
It was just yesterday afternoon. So it’s been a hectic day so far and just good and happy to be back. [Reporter: Were you in Manchester or on the road?] I was in Manchester.
Jones, on what he has been told about his role:
Not much, obviously aware of the situation here but you never know what could happen. I just have to be prepared to play whenever I’m called upon and if that takes me to end of the year – that’s great. If not, I’m going to work hard while I’m here.
Jones, on Rob Blake’s comments about him and the team’s faith in his ability:
That’s obviously nice to hear and nice to have that confidence in me. But again, while I’m here – I got a taste of it last time and it’s good motivation to get back here and want to stay here. I just have to make sure I keep working and doing the things that have made me successful here.
Jones, on traveling with Los Angeles compared to with Manchester:
It’s a little nicer with the plane, rather than the bus. I mean, you get used to it after a little while. [Reporter: Were there any travel delays in our trip out here?] It was a little behind schedule just because there was some last minute packing up and all of that, so just caught our flight in the nick of time.
Jones, on if there is a sense of relief to have a more defined role:
Yeah, like I said, I’m happy to be back here but you never know what can happen. I never want to take anything for granted here. I just have to make sure I continue to work hard and continue to build up my game and win some hockey games up here.
Jones, on his level of play to begin his NHL career:
A lot of that has to do with how well we played during that stretch. I’m happy with the start and obviously I want to continue to get better here and work hard. I want to stay here for good this time, so I just have to continue to work here.