JUUSO VALIMAKI ON MAKING PLAYOFF DEBUT:
"I'm just pumped to get out there. Even during warmups, the music is loud and there's a lot of people. I live for that. Even when you're on the road and the fans aren't cheering for you, I like the energy. It will be a lot of fun tonight."
Video: "It's going to be a lot of fun."
RASMUS ANDERSSON ON VALIMAKI:
"He doesn't ever get rattled from the pressure. His calmness with the puck - everything. … I expect him to be good. We talked a little bit this morning, and just tried to keep him loose. Not that he needs it. I just told him to play his own game and to have some fun out there."
BILL PETERS ON VALIMAKI'S PROGRESSION:
"What I like about Vali, when he came back, you could tell that he was bigger. He grew. He's a kid, right? He's leaner, he's stronger, he's quicker, everything. He did a great job and the coaches down in Stockton with a great job with him. His weight's up, his body fat's down - he's a good athlete. We expect him to come in and be fearless."
Video: "Vali skates real well."
PETERS ON CONTAINING THE AVS:
"It's all about execution and hard work. We've got to do a better job of controlling (Nathan) MacKinnon and (Tyson) Barrie. For me, yesterday, I showed a bunch of clips to our coaches of Barrie jumping by us, creating 3-on-2's, 4-on-3's. They go, 'Oh, you showed me that one already.' I go, 'No. That's a different one.' There's too many examples of it, so we've got to clean that up. We're well aware of that."
TRAVIS HAMONIC ON FOCUS FOR TONIGHT:
"We're at our best when we're executing at a high level, at a high pace, and high skill. We've got a lot of skill guys that work extremely hard and we're at our best when we're doing those things, so you've got to come to play. We have to be ready, obviously, for a push. That first 10 (minutes), the building's going to be loud and we have to be ready and push back ourselves."
Video: "We're at our best when executing at a high level."
MIKAEL BACKLUND ON ENJOYING THE MOMENT:
"We've got to come out with some attitude. At the same time we've got to enjoy it. It's why we play this game, it's a lot of fun, and if we get back to that, that's when we're going to be at our best."
Video: "We've got to come out with some attitude."
MARK GIORDANO ON DICTATING THE PACE:
"We can't be afraid to lose or to make mistakes out there. In saying that, you can't be all or nothing either, and we got into that rut a little bit early last game. When you get down three, you try and score all three in one shift and we were guilty of that a little bit. Get to our game plan, get pucks deep and stick with it the whole 60 minutes and we'll be fine."
Video: "I thought we had great energy this morning."