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He said it: Rod Brind’Amour on tonight’s matchup in Chicago

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Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour spoke with the media Tuesday afternoon.

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The Carolina Hurricanes will look to extend their winning streak to four games and close out the month of March on a high note Tuesday night when they visit Chicago to take on the Blackhawks. They could get some reinforcements in the lineup, as Rod Brind’Amour said Vincent Trocheck, who has missed the team’s last eight games with an upper-body injury, would be a game-time decision.

Brind’Amour spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon, here’s a full breakdown of everything he had to say:

On the Blackhawks: They play a high-octane game. Obviously they have a couple players that are pretty impressive. They create a lot of offense. Obviously we’d like to contain that, but we’ll see how the game goes. Sometimes when you play a team that’s willing to give up chances, that’s what you end up getting. It’s kind of the yin and yang a little bit. But we obviously want to tighten down against their top guys, and we’ll see.

On possible changes to lineup and a starting goalie: [Trocheck] we’re hoping can play. I don’t know, he’s going to be game time, we’ll kind of just see on that. So he’s a possibility. That’d be the only change to the lineup. And then [Alex Nedeljkovic] will play tonight.

On Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce: They don’t get enough credit. Two of the better defenders in the league, I think. They’re a huge part of what we’re trying to do. [Pesce] had the surgery, he was out a long time, but it gave it a long time to heal. So I think that was probably a bonus for him and certainly kept him fresh, anyway. He’s definitely had a great season.

On the upcoming homestand: I would say I doubt that they’re even looking that far ahead. I didn’t even realize that. I knew we had a homestand coming. It’s so in the now. We’re worried about tonight, and then we’ll worry about the next game. And then it’ll be nice to get home for awhile, because we just haven’t had a lot of time in our home. So I think guys will look forward to that when it happens. But right now, it’s all about tonight.

On the Hurricanes potentially getting vaccinated and possible schedule issues: I don’t know about the scheduling issue. There’s nothing I can really comment on other than once it gets rolling out, we’ll definitely be in line for it.

On his contract situation: It’s not a distraction for me. For players, for sure, I think it’s hard. You put it to the side and go do your job, but they also feel like every game is impacting their contract. I could see where that becomes an issue as a player. You try to put it off. I think for me, it’s not a distraction. I’m going to coach my team here as best I can no matter what. Hopefully we get something done, obviously. We’ll see how that all shakes out. But that’s certainly not a distraction.

On if he has a long-term plan for coaching: I don’t know. I love this group and I love doing it. It’s just there’s a lot of stress involved. I don’t know. I really do focus on right now. There’s no long-term plan with me as far as what I’m doing. I feel like that’s almost irrelevant. Coaching right now, that’s the priority. I’d love to get something done so I know I’m going to be coaching here, but that’s kind of out of my hands, to be quite honest with you.

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to extend their winning streak to four games and close out the month of March on a high note Tuesday night when they visit Chicago to take on the Blackhawks. They could get some reinforcements in the lineup, as Rod Brind’Amour said Vincent Trocheck, who has missed the team’s last eight games with an upper-body injury, would be a game-time decision.

Brind’Amour spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon, here’s a full breakdown of everything he had to say:

On the Blackhawks: They play a high-octane game. Obviously they have a couple players that are pretty impressive. They create a lot of offense. Obviously we’d like to contain that, but we’ll see how the game goes. Sometimes when you play a team that’s willing to give up chances, that’s what you end up getting. It’s kind of the yin and yang a little bit. But we obviously want to tighten down against their top guys, and we’ll see.

On possible changes to lineup and a starting goalie: [Trocheck] we’re hoping can play. I don’t know, he’s going to be game time, we’ll kind of just see on that. So he’s a possibility. That’d be the only change to the lineup. And then [Alex Nedeljkovic] will play tonight.

On Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce: They don’t get enough credit. Two of the better defenders in the league, I think. They’re a huge part of what we’re trying to do. [Pesce] had the surgery, he was out a long time, but it gave it a long time to heal. So I think that was probably a bonus for him and certainly kept him fresh, anyway. He’s definitely had a great season.

On the upcoming homestand: I would say I doubt that they’re even looking that far ahead. I didn’t even realize that. I knew we had a homestand coming. It’s so in the now. We’re worried about tonight, and then we’ll worry about the next game. And then it’ll be nice to get home for awhile, because we just haven’t had a lot of time in our home. So I think guys will look forward to that when it happens. But right now, it’s all about tonight.

On the Hurricanes potentially getting vaccinated and possible schedule issues: I don’t know about the scheduling issue. There’s nothing I can really comment on other than once it gets rolling out, we’ll definitely be in line for it.

On his contract situation: It’s not a distraction for me. For players, for sure, I think it’s hard. You put it to the side and go do your job, but they also feel like every game is impacting their contract. I could see where that becomes an issue as a player. You try to put it off. I think for me, it’s not a distraction. I’m going to coach my team here as best I can no matter what. Hopefully we get something done, obviously. We’ll see how that all shakes out. But that’s certainly not a distraction.

On if he has a long-term plan for coaching: I don’t know. I love this group and I love doing it. It’s just there’s a lot of stress involved. I don’t know. I really do focus on right now. There’s no long-term plan with me as far as what I’m doing. I feel like that’s almost irrelevant. Coaching right now, that’s the priority. I’d love to get something done so I know I’m going to be coaching here, but that’s kind of out of my hands, to be quite honest with you.