It’s certainly been an eventful past couple days for the Carolina Hurricanes. Game one of their series with the Boston Bruins was delayed 15 hours because the game before it went to quintuple overtime, and, following a Bruins double overtime win in the game, Brind’Amour was fined $25,000 by the NHL for his comments on the officiating.
The team will need to move on quickly, as the puck will drop for game two at 8 p.m. tonight. Here’s a full breakdown of everything Brind’Amour had to say during his Zoom media availability Thursday morning.
On yesterday’s incident: Moving on.
On who will not be fit to play tonight: I don’t know as of yet. We had a morning skate with some of the guys that are questionable and they’re not back to the hotel yet. So once I kind of get all that info, we’ll know better. But I think tonight, when I say game time decisions, we’ll actually mean it. I have a few guys I’m not sure about.
On Haydn Fleury: He was a high pick. We have a lot of high hopes for him. I think you’re just starting now to see what we expected when we picked him up. I think it’s been tough for him because we haven’t been able to use him as much over the last year and a half. He’s been a healthy scratch, just because of the numbers. We have some pretty good D playing ahead of him. But he’s handled it really well. When he finally did get his opportunity, he’s taken it now and he’s starting to really show that he belongs. I think he’s just going to keep getting better.
On the film from yesterday and Dougie Hamilton: It was worse on watching it back than it was live, so that didn’t sit that well. But we weren’t very good and they did exactly what they wanted to do. So that’s troublesome. But we’re going to have change that up if we’re going to win this.
Dougie, I haven’t seen him yet this morning. We have a meeting here in a little bit. But for first game back, I thought he was fine. I thought he was really good, actually. He’s been out almost six months, so it’s not the perfect amount of minutes you’d want a guy to play who hasn’t played in forever but he handled it really well.
On Boston’s top line: Everybody knows they’re coming. That’s the hard part, you actually know they’re coming and you still can’t defend it. That’s what happened on the one. We knew exactly what the play was and how we decided to cover it, and it’s not blown coverage, it’s just that much, it’s all these guys need. That’s why they’re so elite. I think there’s a lot of great players in the game, but the chemistry that these guys have in just knowing where they’re going with the puck before they get it, that’s what the top guys do. That’s what they are. It’s tough to defend. Even when you know they’re coming, that’s when you know you’re in it tough. We’ve just got to make a couple little adjustments, but it all comes down to inches and we’ve got to fight for them.
On flushing the first game with the quick turnaround and the morning skate: We only skated the guys that didn’t play. We’re going to have our meeting right now. This will be the first time actually seeing them. So it’s, I guess, a better question for about half an hour from now. But I think the guys are pretty good. They know you’ve got to leave yesterday behind and focus on what’s ahead of you.
On the goaltending and tonight’s decision: I thought [Petr Mrazek] was good. He had a lot of grade-As on him, way too many for a game if we want to win. He kept us in there, gave us a chance, certainly, to win the game. Everyone’s going to get back here in an hour and we’re going to try to figure out the lineup for tonight, but he’s definitely a possibility. He’s been dialed in.