Canes’ head coach Rod Brind’Amour didn’t have an official update on Svechnikov, but he was doubtful on his status and said that the team is going to need everyone to contribute if they want to win this series.
Brind’Amour spoke to the media over Zoom Sunday afternoon.
On Andrei Svechnikov’s status and if there’s a chance he could return: I just got back from practice and I haven’t heard. I know he was getting an MRI and they were checking him all out. I would highly doubt it, but I don’t have an update. I really can’t tell you.
On rallying around him: You would hope so. Every team has injuries. We got Joel Edmundson and Brett Pesce out and now Svech. Every team has them. You got lists of them. That’s why you have depth and other guys have to step up. You’re not going to replace that player. The talent and everything in there, but there’s no other alternative. It’s a team game and we know we’re going to need everyone if we’re going to have a chance. Everyone’s got to produce. Whoever is in the lineup.
On going back to James Reimer: That’s a huge possibility. We said all along we were going to use them both in this series and we obviously have. We’ll make that decision tonight, but there’s a good chance that we’re going to roll it out based on how the games shake out now going forward.
On the trouble of getting to Boston’s net and preventing them from getting to the Hurricanes’ net: We’d like to get there more. I think if you look at the first period [in Game 3], it was pretty good. We were doing what we needed to do and I don’t think we gave up very much at all. Then they got that goal on the power play to start the period and I think we lost a bit of our flow, that’s for sure. They’re a big, heavy team and they get there. The way they defend at their net, I mean their D stays home. They’re there to box out. There’s a battle going on there and having said that, the three games have essentially been one-goal games so I don’t think we’re that far off.
On the play Svechnikov was injured on: It’s unfortunate. I think the ice conditions at that time of the game had a lot to do with it. It’s really slushy and your skates dig in a little more at that point. It’s just unfortunate. Toes digging in and two guys are battling in front. Again, hate seeing that on anybody especially one of your guys and a key guy at that, but it’s part of the game.
On making more radical line changes: We have to. We’re going to be fluid with the lineup. We practiced with some different combinations today. With Svech being out, it puts us at a little disadvantage out there, so I think we’ll move the lines around quite a bit tomorrow. We’re going to need everyone to contribute if we’re going to have a chance.