The Hurricanes weren’t terrible but weren’t quite good enough as their eight-game winning streak came to an end with a 4-2 loss in Detroit Tuesday night.
Rod Brind’Amour, Martin Necas and Nino Niederreiter spoke to the media following the loss, here’s a full breakdown of everything they had to say:
On if there’s an update on Warren Foegele: He got pulled, or he pulled himself, I’m not really sure actually, to be honest with you. I don’t know what the status is on that.
On the mental focus on undisciplined penalties: Yeah, a couple. I have to really look at them again, to be honest with you. I didn’t think they were egregious by any means. We didn’t win the special teams war. We gave up those two early. That’s hard to come back from when you give up two early on the penalty kill. Our power play got one but it wasn’t that good. We had other opportunities and didn’t really execute correctly. That’s the game right there. We had our looks. Five on five, I thought we were fine. We didn’t give up a lot, but you can’t give up two on the penalty kill and win very many games in this league.
On if this was ‘one of those nights:’ It wasn’t bad. It could have went either way. I thought we played pretty well. They played a really good game. They played us hard. They blocked a lot of shots. I haven’t looked at it, but it just felt like they got in the way of a ton of our opportunities, they capitalized and that’s it. We move on. It certainly wasn’t a lack of effort. There was a couple penalties I’d like to have back, we don’t want to take those, because that’s what can happen. You can give up goals that way. So that’s the difference in the game.
On not getting to their game: It’s tough to say. We had a good start, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t good enough. We made some bad decisions and placed the puck where we didn’t want to and it backfired.
On difficulty with the Red Wings: At the end of the day, they’re a good team. They’re at the bottom of the standings, but they’re still hard to beat. They work very hard, they compete, they play simple hockey. We let them outwork us and that can’t happen.
On being mentally ready: It’s tough to say. We’ve been winning and sometimes you get a little too satisfied and think that things are getting a little easier. But things actually are getting harder and harder. The more you win, the more other teams want to beat us. That’s just how it went tonight.
On chemistry with Sebastian Aho: I just feel like we’re kind of similar players. We think the game a little bit similar and that helps. We haven’t played that many games together, but we’re getting there. The chemistry is getting better and better. We’ve just got to keep improving.
On being focused in each game: Like Roddy was just saying in the locker room, we have to be dialed in every game and every second on the ice. Sometimes if you take a little break, there’s a goal in your net. Just have to be a little bit better. You can’t win every game, but today especially special teams made a big difference. We have to be better in that.
On if there’s more pressure on a long winning streak: I don’t feel we were under pressure. If you’re on a losing streak, then you’re under pressure. Then you need to win. Of course you want to win every game, but it’s the best league in the world. You cannot win every game. It’s too hard. But it was a close game today. We have to learn from that and just keep looking forward.
On the condensed schedule: This season, you don’t have time to think about anything. When you have a day off, like we do tomorrow, you just want to not think about hockey at all. You just want to get rested and ready mentally away from the game. Just have some fun and then the next day go and be ready. Not much time to rest, but when you do get a day off, you have to take it.