The Hurricanes practiced Saturday at Wake Competition Center before the team heads to Detroit for a two-game set with the Red Wings. The news also came out Saturday that the Hurricanes have placed injured defenseman Jake Gardiner on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to the taxi squad, which would allow the Hurricanes to gain salary cap space while he’s out.
Rod Brind’Amour, Brady Skjei and Jordan Staal spoke to the media after practice, here’s a full breakdown of everything they had to say:
On the power play: There’s quite a bit of adjustments when it’s a bunch of power plays. I think if it’s just a couple in a game then it’s probably less. Once you start really getting a bunch in a games, you definitely see teams making adjustments both ways. So you’ve got to be on top of it. But at the end of the day, really, every team has their things they like to do. You’ve just got to keep getting sharper at what you do.
On injured players Vincent Trocheck, Teuvo Teravainen, Petr Mrazek: [Trocheck] is definitely not going to be playing here, so that’s a big loss for us. [Teravainen]’s practicing, but I don’t expect him to come on the trip. Same with Petr, so there’s no changes there.
On Trocheck’s injury: He’s got an upper-body injury. I think it might be a little longer than I had hoped, but it’s just part of it.
On the timetable for Trocheck: I don’t know yet. I just know he’s not coming on this trip, so you can rule out a couple games there for sure.
On keeping momentum: If you’re on a good momentum, you’d say yes, but really at the end of the day, what we always try to do is just focus on that one day. So we don’t really have win streaks or losing streaks. It’s always about this next day or next game, trying to do our best and win that one. I think that’s really the best way to approach it.
On the power play: I think our breakouts have been good. I think the more zone time you have, the more opportunities you have to put the puck in the net and give yourself a chance to score. We’ve got some great shooters from the outside, and the puck’s been sneaking in for us and really helping us win some games. So it’s been good, and hopefully it can continue.
On keeping momentum: We’ve got a big game coming up. Having one extra day still feels like a lot from the amount of games we’ve been playing. So we’ve got to get right back into that game right off the bat and bring out best in the first period. So we’ve got a good challenge ahead of us to get back in the groove and continue this roll.
On a day off and nice weather: Being outside with the sun just for a day with the little ones and stuff like that, for me, mentally, it was really nice. It’s obviously been a long year for everybody, a lot more indoor stuff than people would like. The weather’s been kicking in here, it’s been nice to see it out and enjoy the weather, enjoy some time with the family.
On playing with Brett Pesce: I’ve really enjoyed it. He’s a defenseman that makes my job a lot easier. He’s always in the right position. He’s got a great stick. He wins a lot of 50-50 battles in the D-zone, which is what you need in a defenseman. So he’s been playing great, and it’s nice to see him contribute offensively and put up some good numbers.
On if there’s another level for this team: I think we’ve been playing well. We know our system is built on speed and... There’s a few times we’ve been saying we haven’t had a full 60-minute effort for some games. If we do that throughout the whole entire game, I think that will get us to our next step and we’re looking forward to that in Detroit tomorrow night.
On the pros and cons of playing the same teams: The pros is you see them back to back so you kind of have a good feeling of what their system is. You see similar players if you’re doing matchups and stuff. I think that’s definitely a pro. It’s hard to pick out any cons, really. It’s kind of nice going into Detroit and playing two games there, then they come here and play two games at home. I think there’s definitely more pros than cons.