The Hurricanes currently find themselves looking to get back in the win column after a three-game losing streak (albeit with the last two coming in overtime).
Rod Brind’Amour, Brady Skjei and Jesper Fast spoke to the media after practice Sunday, here’s a full breakdown of everything they had to say:
On Petr Mrazek: That’s a better question for him. He’s got to feel that he can play and contribute a the level that he needs to. It’s just a good sign that we got him back out there. I certainly don’t think he’s playing anytime soon, but this is the first step here now. I think you get him into practice, get him used to NHL shooters, the pace and all that. I think we’re moving in the right direction.
On facing adversity: It’s all how you look at things. Pretty hard to be down on a group that played a really good game last night. We played exactly how we had to. For all intents and purposes, easily could have looked at it as we won that game. That’s the way I’m looking at it. It’s a freaky thing that happened, some weird things that happened. To lose in overtime and the shootouts, that’s your talent show at the end, and we’re obviously missing a couple talented players. I’m not too concerned about that.
On Vincent Trocheck: He’s not close. It was nice to get him in the mix and be around the team. He’s a great teammate and has got a lot of energy. I think it’s just good for him and the guys to be together. This is the only team they can do it is when they’re on the ice. That’s really all that was going on there.
On playing with Brett Pesce: I think [Pesce] is an unbelievable player. I think he’s a very underrated defenseman in this league. He makes my job a lot easier. We just try to communicate and we’re focused on defense first. I don’t think we’re expected to put up a bunch of points. When we can contribute, we try but we’re just trying to continue to get better each day.
On Andrei Svechnikov scoring: It was great. He’s a special player. I think that he’s not going to have scoring goals and scoring droughts. His work ethic’s unbelievable. It seems like he’s always shooting pucks, staying on the ice after. It was nice to see him get one and hopefully some more moving forward.
On a fun practice and seeing Petr Mrazek back out there: It was great. It was nice to see him in full practice and taking shots. The practice itself was great. Before practice, we were playing soccer. We felt loose. We know we put in a good effort last night, just came up a little short. We just want to build off that and we can bring that same work ethic, same mentality into these next couple games and hopefully the result will be a little different.
On the ‘dog days’ of the season: Obviously it’s a lot of games in not many days, so you really want to stay on top of your body and maintenance. Our athletic training staff has done a great job with me and everyone on the team with trying to keep us on top of it. I think the guys feel good, feel amped up and hopefully just get back in the win column.
On his play: I’d love to score. That’s one thing that it’s been a while. I’ve had chances. I think it’s going to come here hopefully soon. I’ve got to play smart, play simple and be good with the puck. Those chances will keep coming, and I think I’ll be able to capitalize on a few more going forward.
On the power play: I think every time we go out there, we have a plan. Everyone knows what to do and what to expect. I think just being on the same page helps. It’s a big part, special teams, so we’ve got to keep playing good in these situations.
On a spirited practice and getting Petr Mrazek back on the ice: Of course, you need to have fun out there. I think today was a good day to compete a little bit, have a little laugh. Of course, it was a tough game yesterday. I feel like we played a good game, it was a tight game, a hard-fought game. So today was fun to compete against each other a little bit. Seeing Petr out there again is great. He had such a good start. He’s a big part of this team, so it’s very fun to see him out there.
On playing Columbus two more times: We have an opportunity to get them back. Of course, losing two straight in overtime doesn’t feel that good. So it’s great to have the opportunity to bounce back against them.