For the third time in four games Beniot Pouliot found himself stapled to the bench for long stretches of time during the Rangers 4-3 win over Florida Monday night .
Larry Brooks at the New York Post feels that Alain Vigneault is "clearly losing patience" with Pouliot after playing the winger just five shifts for 3:18 after the first period against the Panthers.
Pouliot has just two goals in 17 games this season.
…Pouliot easily has top six skill, but there's a reason he's on his fifth team in eight NHL seasons. I could understand if he was just snake bitten, but his maddeningly inconsistent effort will be the reason he's sitting in the press box once Nash is healthy or possibly as early as this Saturday when Moore is expected back from an oblique injury. Especially if Miller continues to display the scoring touch from Monday night. If Pouliot isn't scoring he's virtually useless out there.
Another interesting development to keep an eye on was Ulf Samuelsson tinkering with the defensive pairs on Sunday night in an attempt to split up John Moore and Michael Del Zotto who have become a defensive liability together…
"For a couple of shifts in the second period, Moore and Del Zotto got caught on a couple of long shifts that led to more time in our end," Vigneault said to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record.
…not going to completely blame Del Zotto as Moore has made his fair share of mistakes, but sometimes when your partner is struggling you tend to do too much which only compounds the situation.
…with things going so well for the Rangers, I'd hate to advocate any lineup changes, but I'm not sure how much longer AV can go with Del Zotto. And I don't care who replaces him at this point as Falk, A. Johnson, McIlrath or Allen would all be better options despite shortcomings in all their games.