The Hurricanes will look to even their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning with game four at 4 p.m. today.
Rod Brind’Amour spoke to the media this morning about the lineup and more, here’s a full breakdown of everything he had to say:
On if it will be Petr Mrazek in net again: I’m hoping not to have any changes, but it’s going to a game-time decision on a couple guys. As far as the lineup goes, hopefully we’ll have the same.
On if the pressure shifts to Tampa: I don’t know. I think pressure’s there for everybody always. It wouldn’t even matter what the stakes were, who was up, down. Everyone’s always focusing on one game, and there’s always a lot of pressure to win that game. So I’d much be in their shoes, up 2-1 than down 2-1. That’s just the facts. Pressure’s always going to be there no matter what, but both teams are just focusing on the game.
On if Vincent Trocheck and Warren Foegele will be game-time decisions: It’s those two guys in particular. Everybody else should be fine.
On the playoffs being a roller coaster and the need to trust the process: It’s definitely real, I’ll tell you that. It’s one play to the next. There’s just so much of that going on. That is the key, just to embrace it. You know what’s going to happen in the game. There’s going to be ups and downs and things happen for you and against you. You’ve just got to keep grinding it out and understanding that is part of it. That’s part of the process and not let it affect you in a bad way.
On the Lightning’s power play: That’s one of their strengths, obviously. We killed the last one, barely. Are we going to try to do something a little different? We’re always making tiny adjustments, but at the end of the day, that’s five pretty talented players they’re throwing out there and no one’s really been able to stop them. So we’ve just got to try to limit our penalties, which we’ve done a nice job at. And then when we do get one, we’ve got to do our best to kill it. And then we get a power play, we’ve got to make sure we’re at our best too with it. It is a big part of the game, no question.