The Hurricanes will look to extend their winning streak to three games Tuesday night in Nashville, and win in regulation for the first time in over a week.
Head coach Rod Brind’Amour spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon, here’s a full breakdown of everything he had to say.
On finding ways to win the last game: I think you find ways to win. It’s strange. Hockey is so random. I thought we played really well against Tampa, and got nothing out of all those games. I don’t know that we were at our best, but even watching the game back last night, we were really good in the first two periods. We should have been ahead by a bigger margin. In our last 10 minutes, they threw everything at us and we kind of hung on there. So it depends how you want to look at that game. I just like the fact that we found ways to get points.
On the challenges of the schedule: It’s a mental challenge. To me, the physical thing is one thing. Playing, it’s mentally getting your body and mind ready to battle at the level that you have to to be successful in this league. That’s probably stuff that people don’t really understand. They just say, ‘It’s not that hard to go and play.’ It’s not that hard to go and play, but to play well and at the level you need to, it’s extremely hard. It’s that grind that everyone’s in, but for whatever reason, we’re in it big time right now with the amount of games that we have. There’s just no mental breaks, and that’s what you worry about.
On Alex Nedeljkovic: I think that’s a huge factor. We talked about it, not getting too excited or too upset about how his first couple games went because he just hadn’t played forever. He’s definitely looked more and more comfortable in the net and I think just confident. You can see that he feels pretty good with his game and it’s showing.
On James Reimer starting tonight: We had a pretty tough night, I felt like there was a lot of work there with the travel and everything. We got in late. I think the right move is to go the way we’ve been doing it.
On giving other teams’ points winning in overtime and shootouts: You don’t want to give up, you kind of give away a point, in some aspects, to teams that you’re playing against. They’re getting points too. But at the end of the day, it’s about getting your two points in the bank. In a perfect world, we would love to have had probably six of those finished in regulation because we had those games ahead at some point, and let it slip away. But it’s all about getting a victory, one way or another.
On tonight’s game: It’s going to be a test, because Nashville’s figured it out. I think earlier in the year when we played them, they were kind of struggling to find their game, and now they’ve just went to the drawing board, come back with the hard work, simple, putting pucks to the net. They’ve really simplified their game and they’re not giving up a lot of chances. They’re winning hockey games. So they’ve kind of found the recipe. Every night’s tough. This one’s obviously going to super tough, because they’re feeling good about their game.