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I don't think they're driven by the other guy's success or whatever. They're just driven athletes. That's why they're in the Top 100 in the history of this league. They're the faces of both franchises. You can say that, in a lot of ways, they've saved our game since they first came into the league, from lockouts and what have you. They're special athletes.feedback
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Aug 07 2017
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Jun 30 2017

When I got here he was obviously coming off an injury season and he was basically not playing, he was an extra. His growth, we talked about a young player being patient, allowing him to grow, allowing him to make mistakes, allowing him to get to the next level. And with a good plan and his work ethic and him buying into it, he's turned himself into a pretty good player, a good piece for us, and he's getting paid for it.feedback

Jun 30 2017

It has 0.0 effect on me. It has zero point zero effect on me, actually. Not at all. I think it might have an effect 10, 12 years ago for me. Not now. It has zero effect. I'm not worried about that at all. No, I really don't care if it does or not. It's zero point zero. Zero point zero. So, that was my answer. I don't care if it does or not. People want to talk, we'll talk.feedback

Jun 30 2017

I think the priority is on our existing guys, our RFAs. After that, that would probably be a [MacLellan] question on how busy we will be. I know they've been upstairs working at stuff for the last week. … They're working hard. They'll have a good plan. When the dust settles, we'll see what we've got.feedback

Jun 29 2017

[MacLellan], he's going to work diligently all through the summer as he always does and he'll look for that piece.feedback

May 18 2017

He's a prominent big-time player, no question. Every series, there's always a tweak. I think probably very similar to last year. He's been in the top six, top three really, through his whole career. And when I go top six, I can play him with [center Nicklas Backstrom] or play him with [Evgeny Kuznetsov]. It's not a bad option. … He's still got game. No question. He's still a pretty productive player for us.feedback

May 16 2017

Emotionally, I don't think I want to answer that question.feedback

May 11 2017

They showed a lot of resiliency. I'll tell you what, they're a good hockey team. You can see why they have a pedigree of a Stanley Cup champion.feedback

May 10 2017

He just wants to win with that group. And that's a strong message. That's one of the strongest messages a captain can make.feedback

May 09 2017

I don't know if there's any hump to get over. I just think with this group that I've been with, our Game 7s have been pretty solid. You're not going to win every one. But I thought our game was really, really quite good in both those Game 7s.feedback

May 08 2017

Since Game 3 we've had a sense of calmness about what we're doing. We're having fun now. The fun part has been the obstacle.feedback

May 08 2017

Some of the things that we're trying to do are starting to have an effect. It doesn't hurt the psyche, that's for sure, because I think it takes a little frustration out of your game if you finally crack through a little bit. We were sort of stuck in that two- and three-goal area and in a very important moment in the third period obviously in an important game, our guys delivered against him, so I think that gives us a boost of confidence.feedback

May 08 2017

All it's going to take is all we have.feedback

May 06 2017

I don't know, throw in a couple jokes or something? Let's just go play with joy. Let's enjoy the experience of just going out and playing. You get to play in a big game, and enjoy that experience. I think we were pretty loose today. I didn't feel that we were a little bit tight. Sometimes you say, what the heck, and just go for it. That's what we're going to do.feedback

May 05 2017

Sid is a very intelligent young man and he will make the right decision.feedback

May 03 2017

I would say our top players didn't play as well as they need to be to be top players. They need to step up right now.feedback

May 03 2017

We had good chances and we didn't bury them. Our backs are against the wall.feedback

May 02 2017

You want me to defend Alex? Then is Kunitz's predatory hit on Oshie okay? Or the one on [Nicklas] Backstrom, is that okay?feedback

May 02 2017

I hear the noise. I think it's ridiculous, but we're just going to look forward to next game.feedback

May 01 2017

Your best penalty killer is your goaltender, and I thought Braden was outstanding today.feedback

May 01 2017

As a coach, depending on your personnel, I found in my previous life that I didn't have as many maybe offensive weapons. It gave me an opportunity to put an offensive weapon in there a little bit more often on a regular rotation. I'm fine with the seven D. If we have to go there, we will go there. As a coach you have to mix and match a little bit, but I don't have any problem with that. I haven't hesitated at times to change lines when it's needed.feedback

May 01 2017

We're going to go there and win two games there.feedback

May 01 2017

We're waiting for him to be healthy and we're waiting for when he feels he can contribute, then we'll put him in the lineup.feedback

May 01 2017

Yes, absolutely, why would you think otherwise? No question he's our goaltender. Expect him to start tomorrow.feedback

May 01 2017

We've got to get our shots through and around the blocks. We've got to shoot it quicker before they can get in those lanes.feedback

Apr 30 2017

I thought some of the goals he wasn't as sharp as he can be for us. He's a game-changer for us. When he didn't change the game, I just looked to change the mojo a little bit there, that's all.feedback

Apr 28 2017

Both athletes, they're driven. I don't think they're driven by the other guy's success or whatever. They're just driven athletes. That's why they're in the Top 100 in the history of this league. They're the faces of both franchises. You can say that, in a lot of ways, they've saved our game since they first came into the league, from lockouts and what have you. They're special athletes. The thing about leadership is you care about everybody else first. That's where Alex has grown a lot, probably, from his early years.feedback

Apr 28 2017

It's my swear-to-God moment.feedback

Apr 25 2017

Possibly. We're not there yet, so I'm going to be vague to you. His skate broke. I said, You didn't have another pair?' He said, I couldn't find them.' I don't know what happened.feedback

Apr 25 2017

We're going on to play the Stanley Cup champions. They had a wonderful season. They had a lot of injuries and we didn't pass them really or really pull away from them until the last week of the season, so we know how good they are.feedback

Apr 20 2017

He brings tons of energy . His drivetrain is real high, all of those things you love in a player. So, he's got an opportunity and he's making the most of it.feedback

Apr 20 2017

Orly looks like a totally different player this year. You have to go through it. You've almost got to get knocked down, so you can get up, and when you get up, you find yourself in a better place, if you will. You see that in Orly. … He's earned the right. I couldn't have said that last year.feedback

Apr 20 2017

It's that time of year, [with] some fabulous heroes -- but not always the ones you think are going to be there. [Wilson's] game continues to grow. I'm real happy for him.feedback

Apr 20 2017

He's playing fine. It's just not very predictable right now because there is stuff that is bouncing all over. It's a pinball machine out there a little bit.feedback

Apr 20 2017

Right now, he's making a statement going, You're not getting my spot back,' . That's good on Nate.feedback

Apr 19 2017

You're going to see our best game tomorrow.feedback

Apr 19 2017

You'd like a little more production out of it, no question. They've had some shifts and some zone time, and now they just need to get on the board a little bit. He's Tom Wilson. Everybody knows who Tom Wilson is. That's what he brings. We'll just have to see. When Karl's ready and the trainers tell me he's ready, then we'll have to make that decision. That's a what-if question. What if someone gets hurt tonight, too?feedback

Apr 19 2017

Obviously, I think they just laughed it off. I didn't even see it. I was looking down at the other end, and all of a sudden, it got quiet, and it was like, okay. I had to sort of catch myself for a second, see if he needed a second or two, and he said, I'm fine.' He was just shaking it off, and we resumed. Just like anybody, when your goaltender gets bumped over, your heart stops for a second.feedback

Apr 19 2017

Lars has had a pretty good series; he just hasn't gotten on the board. We're just trying to change it up to see if we can get some production out of that line. We'll go from there.feedback

Apr 19 2017

They've got really dynamic forwards, as we do. They have four lines; we have four lines.feedback

Apr 18 2017

There's not going to be a lot of tactical, systematic adjustments. I think it's more of a little bit of mind-set.feedback

Apr 18 2017

You get to the playoffs, the standings don't mean anything at all.feedback

Apr 18 2017

That's on me to get him in the ice time. Sometimes that's situational, sometimes that's the zone starts. Yeah, his minutes should be – I can get those up. … It wasn't based on play. I thought Ovi was playing terrific. It's on me to get him a little more ice time, no question. He goes, Well, what did I do wrong? You didn't do anything wrong. We were all right. Everybody was right, so we can share in carrying the load.' … But I think that dialogue has passed. He knows that in crunchtime, he's going to have to have an integral part in any success that we have, or we're not going to succeed.feedback

Apr 18 2017

There's rhythms in the game, rhythms in the game where Matthews is coming out or those type of things. He's going to be in the offensive zone, so that may be a Beagle start or something like that. You try to get t as with Matthews's line. We've got to get a few more offensive starts here and there, too.feedback

Apr 18 2017

It's a lot closer match than people let on. It's not David and Goliath.feedback

Apr 18 2017

That's on me, to get him in the ice time. It wasn't based on play. I thought Ovi was playing terrific. It's on me to get him a little more ice time, no question.feedback

Apr 17 2017

I talked to the trainers this morning. He's had a maintenance day; they just asked if he could be off today.feedback

Apr 17 2017

We've been chasing this series a little bit. It's been a little bit of an uphill battle, so it's been a test. But we're going to Toronto, and we'll see if we can do what they did to us.feedback

Apr 16 2017

This series is about wearing people down and I think we're fine that way. We need to sort of pound the rock, if you will, and see if we can wear people down. Their D got extended pretty hard last night in a lot of areas. Those 40-plus minutes, those are hard to recover from.feedback

Apr 16 2017

Anytime the puck's in a position that you have the ability to score, don't cheat yourself and look for a better play. The best play sometimes in the playoffs is to get on net quickly and drive toward the blue paint and let's not get too cute around the net. I think you get a chance or an opportunity, you've got to bury them. … We had some good opportunities where we had some good plays off the rush, made some good plays in the offensive zone, we pounded some pucks in the blue paint, but we can do more of it.feedback

Apr 16 2017

I think everybody goes into a series hoping they win every game, but the reality of it is it's going to be a long series no matter who you play. And if you play really well and you get a couple breaks and you execute and you're playing well as a team, you may take out a team a little earlier. But most of the series, you look around, they're always anywhere from a six to seven game series, a lot of them. I think we came into the series from a feeling out process. They won a game in our building, so the series is on. It's on.feedback

Apr 16 2017

It'll be a great environment, it'll be a playoff atmosphere. You'll get chills down your spine when you're on the bench for both teams.feedback

Apr 15 2017

We played one game. I think we're making too much of a big deal about nothing right now. Let's let the series go on here.feedback

Apr 15 2017

He's a good player and I've used him in different situations all year. He went head to head against Connor McDavid. That's what comes to mind. He's done that on the road many times. He's a world-class player. He's got world-class ability. I don't have any issues with (Kuznetsov). I just felt that was a good matchup.feedback

Apr 15 2017

I think the smaller players have got an element of quickness. They've got a high element of skill and IQ and they've got a high drive level, drive train, whatever you want to call it. They have all those aspects. The only thing they don't have is God-given physical size. But the rest is high-end. So I think you look at the Patrick Kanes and the Gaudreaus of the league, they all have that.feedback

Apr 15 2017

If you don't have the legs to get up ice, you're not going to have that opportunity. I think when you're able to spread the minutes over, it does help. There's a couple elite skaters in this league that can seem to go forever like a Drew Doughty or Brent Burns. They just don't run out of gas, it seems, but for the rest of us mortals I think spreading the minutes is really helpful.feedback

Apr 15 2017

I think both teams and in this day and age in the game, you want to have the ability to active. It's so hard to score three-on-three, two-on-two, so you've got to create the next race, who's going to create an odd-man rush, and if you can execute, you're going to get a good look. That's where the game is, that's where you're going to have some success, but you've got to jump at the right time.feedback

Apr 14 2017

He has a pretty calming effect on our group. Even on the bench, he always says the right things. Let's just start playing here. We're standing around waiting for something to happen.' I think he has a real good effect on the guys next to him.feedback

Apr 14 2017

We need to understand that, to get what we want, we'll probably have to overcome something like that at least once – maybe more. Over and over, in every sport, that's just the nature of the beast.feedback

Apr 14 2017

I think if you can come at teams with four lines and you're not too particular on who's matched up against who, I think that's pretty confident for your group to have that situation. So, I don't think we're going to change a whole lot in the postseason [from] what we did all year and we'll let players play. This is their time. This is the time that they have fun. This is the time where guys can make names for themselves.feedback

Apr 14 2017

I just started moving it around. I was looking for energy. I was looking something different. We were sort of stuck in the mud early. Then we started getting our legs. We started skating we started moving the puck we started playing quick and we started getting a lot more opportunities. Just changing it around making it a little more difficult for the matchups.feedback

Apr 14 2017

They've been good all year. I mean, I really don't have any preference if they're against the top line or a physical line. They've been outstanding all year. As a coach you want trust. And that line you get a lot of trust.feedback

Apr 14 2017

Beags is one of the best in the business when it comes to faceoffs and Tom has developed into a real reliable player and Winnie's been a real good addition from the Leafs to us and you know he's got experience. They can manage the game. They give us a real defined roles, but they can manage the game against top lines.feedback

Apr 13 2017

A guy like Justin Williams for us has been in many situations in the playoffs; he's a good voice. When things maybe aren't going the way you want to, I think he's a real calming influence and I think that's what experience does. It takes all the clutter out of maybe the whole situation because it can be a lot of noise and clutter all around and then what you need is a calming voice in the dressing room and sometimes those experienced guys can do that for you.feedback

Apr 13 2017

I've had one conversation as an individual with him the last couple days about what I expect in the playoffs from him. But he can be an X-factor for us because he has that sort of sniper's touch and he doesn't need too many chances. In a playoff, you get a loose puck here or there around the net, usually those unexpected heroes, if you will, show up in the playoffs all the time. I think every experience you go through gives you another sort of mechanism where you can react to something good or bad.feedback

Apr 12 2017

You saw it last year with the Penguins throughout the playoffs. A lot of times the stars nullify each other, so the secondary scoring is one of the catalysts for success. Lines can grow stale.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - IPad

It's going to be huge in the playoffs. The referees, the league wants to get it right, the coaches want to get it right.feedback

Apr 12 2017

If you don't go through a bunch of junk, not only in hockey but in any walk of life, then you're not prepared to deal with it.feedback

Apr 12 2017

I think he got away from what made him understand why you're going to have success. In the playoffs, you've really got to fight for those inches, and he's matched up against a pretty good player. So, what's going to be the difference? If a guy next to you has as much skill and ability, what's going to be the difference between you and him? Some of it is going to be the will over skill aspect, where you just have to will yourself a bit to be better than the guy you're competing against.feedback

Apr 11 2017

Goaltenders are the ones that really put trust in your game. They give you some confidence. You make a mistake, you feel like that mistake's not going to end up in the back of your net. When you're goalie's not feeling it or not playing very well, as soon as that puck comes across the blue line, your blood pressure sort of goes up. You're like, Hold on, hold on, hold on,' and then you get to breathe again. And that's a hard way to live.feedback

Apr 11 2017

I just thought, This guy is really athletic and he makes some saves that are absolutely spectacular that only athletic guys can make. And then he makes some saves that should look unspectacular look spectacular.feedback

Apr 11 2017

He's done a really good job, absolutely, a lot of confidence in (Schmidt). He's played really, really well. When we made the deal for Shattenkirk we made our defense really deep, so we feel confident we're deep there and Schmidt's done a really good job.feedback

Apr 09 2017

They're an improving team. They've got a generational player in Matthews, and they've got some young guys and they play hard every night and they've got speed. … I think it'll be a real great series between two really quality clubs. They're the young, up and coming team, and they've played very, very well and deserve to be in the playoffs.feedback

Apr 09 2017

I went to Nicky. He said, No, I want to go the distance,' . He feels that it keeps him sharp. He'll be ready. We got lots of time until Thursday. Ovi getting 82 games, a full season, I think that's important to players more than maybe the coach or fans or media think it is. You go the whole distance as a player, the last thing you probably want is a coach to say, You've gone this far. I'm going to take you out.' I think they want to go the distance on that.feedback

Apr 09 2017

We started talking about good organizational people, and [General Manager Brian MacLellan] brought up Mitchell, and people in Hershey, Troy and them, brought up Mitchy. We said if we get an opportunity, he's earned the right to put on a jersey because he's done a lot of things. As a team, if you're going to be a good team, it's not only just the players, the coaches, the trainers, but it's your farm team. It's the people in your organization. He's done a lot for this organization. It's time he gets paid back.feedback

Apr 09 2017

We're at home, and we don't want to disappoint our fans. Let's play hard, let's play fast, let's manage the puck, let's have some detail and let's go from there.feedback

Apr 08 2017

This is a possible opponent in the playoffs. We don't know how it's going to all play out, but it could be a possibility. So, you just want to make sure that we're playing the right way so that they'll have nothing on us, if we end up meeting each other. We just want to play strong and play well and hopefully get the job done.feedback

Apr 07 2017

Obviously, there was some growing pains just because we play a little different than St. Louis. He makes really intelligent plays, he's got great poise, his puck skills are very, very strong, and he's fit in with the group extremely well from a personal level. Sometimes, when you get new guys, everybody's sort of standoffish, but we've been on a few road trips right off the hop when we got him, so he's spent a lot of time in hotels the last little while. He's gotten to know his teammates quite well.feedback

Apr 07 2017

We've done pretty deep pre-scouts on every team. We're trying to figure out who that might be. Obviously, that's sort of the race. I think you've got to trust what you know when you've played them, and then you'll go back and get a sort of very intense look at whoever is selected that you'll play. It's going to probably go to Game 82, so we might not know until Saturday or Sunday.feedback

Apr 07 2017

But if there's any doubt we're going to hold him off until the playoffs.feedback

Apr 07 2017

It's going to cost him a little bit, this game. It's a little tough for him, he might have to cut it off and just do the parents.feedback

Apr 06 2017

Offensively, it's probably not one of his better seasons. He's had a lot better seasons in terms of production, there's no question. The numbers will show that. He had a slow start for me. He might have had points early and what have you, but for me, he never really got going until halfway through the year, playing better and skating better.feedback

Apr 06 2017

Now, you could see his game sort of ramping up. He has a big effect on games. When he plays with that fierce edge where he's coming after you and he's in sort of that hunter mode. He's hunting you down and he's got that look and he can affect games in a big way. I think he's more prepared for that now.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I was really happy with Nate. He played really, really well when he hasn't played for a while. … When you make a deal to bring in a guy like Shattenkirk, Schmidty is an ultimate teammate and sort of backed off of his spot. But you know he's going to be prepared and you can see that gives us some really good options going into the playoffs.feedback

Apr 05 2017

We haven't mentioned that once all year. It was about finishing first in the Metro, and I don't think anybody's mentioned it. The only people who have ever mentioned it is you guys. It hasn't been in our vocabulary this year. Let's be a better team, and let's be a team that hopefully can take it to the next step. Other than that, we haven't really talked about it.feedback

Apr 05 2017

We talked about every night is important. Every night is an opportunity to win hockey games and that's what we get paid to do and just try to do it. Try to be consistent and be good pros. I think for the most part we've been able to do that the last two years. We just said let's go out and win the Metro this year, that's been our goal, just to be consistent through the whole year, give ourselves a chance if we need the home ice advantage in our division because it's been so competitive and see if we can hold that card.feedback

Apr 05 2017

It just gives us that opportunity to have the last change in a Game 7 or crowd behind us or whatever. It's a point of pride that we've been consistent.feedback

Apr 05 2017

It is a symbol of excellence, a symbol of excellence for the regular season, a symbol of excellence for a team that has been consistent and takes pride in winning. So, it's not to be taken lightly, but at the same time, we all want the ultimate prize. That's the one that you make your name with.feedback

Apr 03 2017

You're not going to get an easy one, but that 2-3 matchup could take a pretty big piece out of a team. If you have to go through it, you have to go through it. You can't avoid it. But if you can finish first, I think you might get a little bit less of a piece out than those two teams based on the regular season.feedback

Apr 03 2017

If you can stop them from getting up ice, that doesn't change for Werenski or [Columbus defenseman Seth] Jones, that's for everybody. You just can't allow them to get up ice on you.feedback

Apr 02 2017

I trust this group. They understand the importance of big games and they understand the importance of getting our game in order.feedback

Apr 02 2017

Daniel came to us a little bit of a broken player. He didn't trust his total game. I think he had good concept of his strengths as a player, but coming here, I think he's grown into understanding that he can contribute not only on the defensive side and the penalty-killing side in a real strong role, but he can contribute offensively.feedback

Apr 01 2017

We were junk, . We've been working all year to try to get some separation. We had an opportunity and we let it slip away.feedback

Mar 31 2017

He gets it off real quick. It's hard to pick up off his stick for goaltenders. He has the ability to pick the corners and pick areas. It's a gift.feedback

Mar 30 2017

That line had a good response. Last night, they were not very good, and they had a really good response. They might have been arguably our best line.feedback

Mar 30 2017

Our guys are mature enough about it. We talk about it and just say we don't want to take anybody lightly. That's disrespectful; this league's way too good. And it's just knowing how important these points are. I mean, in a few days from now, we're going to Columbus, and we're going to go nose-to-nose with Columbus.feedback

Mar 30 2017

I'd like to be in a position where we have a three-point cushion in Columbus and go into Columbus and win that hockey game. We'll put ourselves in a real good spot to secure the division. Now we've got to take care of business before we even get there. That's why I say, just win the day and stay focused on the task at hand.feedback

Mar 28 2017

They can be a real difference-maker. They're a good line, and all three of them have unique qualities.feedback

Mar 28 2017

I feel great, I feel normal, which is kind of the weird thing. So it's a little frustrating that my shots seem to be going right to the goalie's chest instead of in the corners like I want them to. But it's something that will come with time as I continue to get back. It'll come.feedback

Mar 28 2017

I just said to them, let's talk about what you all bring to the table and why you can be difference-makers and game-changers. Where can we tighten your game up? Where can we make it where you're very predictable and so that there's no indecision and you can defend quickly, or forecheck quickly, and you can make plays quickly. Let's get any of the gray out of it, and that's sort of what we talked about.feedback

Mar 27 2017

It's an absolute nightmare for the schedule-maker sometimes. Everybody has pieces of the year that you wish could be better and sometimes it doesn't make a lot of sense. But when you see how complex it is you have to give a lot of credit to the schedule maker because it is difficult.feedback

Mar 27 2017

We've worked all year to put ourselves in a position where this Metro Division, just getting the seeding in the Metro Division, it's taken a lot of effort and a lot of good things have happened for us. … We have a small window. We're going out and playing some good teams.feedback

Mar 26 2017

I mean, to start your career, you've got 30 goals a year for the first 12 years. You're one of three and you're in that elite company with Mike Gartner, a guy named – what's his name? – Wayne Gretzky, you guys might have heard of him. And Alex Ovechkin. That's pretty good.feedback

Mar 26 2017

I think he's pretty casual with some of the greatness, the stuff he's done.feedback

Mar 26 2017

He was sincere on that. That wasn't a light moment for him, I think it was a real moment for him and the guys got a chuckle out of it, so, he's been good for us.feedback

Mar 25 2017

Until we can secure our spot that we'd like, they're all must-wins. … When you're playing a team that you feel that is young and maybe not as experienced, you worry about the readiness. But I think we recognize the situation. It'll be on the players.feedback

Mar 25 2017

You think about minutes played and production, if the coach would play him more, he'd probably have more production. He's given us quality minutes. Our scouts identified him as a guy who could contribute offensively. How much, I didn't know. … If you had said Brett Connolly is going to give you 15 goals coming into the season, I would say, We'll take it for sure.feedback

Mar 24 2017

I think we're going to look at it, and it'll be more positional. But I think when he's come up, every time he's come up, he's probably the most experienced and he's got good production. We'll play that by ear. Once the playoffs start, it's game on.feedback

Mar 23 2017

Having gone sort of both routes now, I prefer this, because it's more meaningful. … It was in our hands too early last year. It took a little edge off. I really do. You get too comfortable for too long, you get too soft.feedback

Mar 23 2017

Games like tonight and down the stretch here, I mean, if you're a coach or hockey player, that's what you play for. … We've prepared all year for this, so let's get at it.feedback

Mar 23 2017

He's chasing down some pretty good people with the way he's playing. I love his two-way game and that line has been real good the last two games.feedback

Mar 22 2017

Osh has found the ability to score a little bit more in the last couple of years. I mean, every year he's gotten better and better in terms his offense, in terms of his goal-scoring. When he first got here, I put him with Ovi and Backy, and all he wanted to do was get the puck to Ovi and Backy. I think they have the mutual respect that all three guys know that they're all terrific players and they can make things happen. They've been good.feedback

Mar 21 2017

I had never met him, I don't think. There's sometimes overkill on some of the work.feedback

Mar 21 2017

A little bit of good power plays, a little bit of good fortune. Most of the times in the last little while, it's probably been failed clears. Anytime you have failed clears, it's like in baseball when you get a couple extra strikes . . . and sooner or later, they're going to hit on it. I think we've had a couple failed clears and those type of things that ended up going into our net.feedback

Mar 21 2017

He's been a little bit snakebitten. He's had some really good looks. For me, if he could do anything, just move the puck a little quicker and get it to his wingers. They'll get it back to him. He's really so strong down low. He's generally a good faceoff guy, and he can play against bigger guys and handle them. I think he'll get on track.feedback

Mar 20 2017

He keeps pucks and plays alive, and his skill set is such that it can complement Backy's playmaking ability, and now he's finding the back of the net and he's complementing Alex's ability to score, too. Now Alex is passing the puck more; I think Alex has more assists than he's had in a while. I think they're rubbing off on each other a little bit, and that's probably why it's working.feedback

Mar 20 2017

I was talking to Schmidty out there today, and he's done a really good job when he came in there.feedback

Mar 20 2017

We'll see where he is tomorrow. He felt much better. Just got a little bumped up in the last game. We gave him a maintenance day. He was thinking about coming out. … I anticipate him skating tomorrow and then he'll tell me where he's at after tomorrow's skate.feedback

Mar 19 2017

He was excited. He was ready to go, so I'm really happy for Andre. He played a lot of minutes.feedback

Mar 18 2017

He's been very productive. Good signing for us. He's fit in well. We've been a good fit for him, and he's been a good fit for us. The coach has to get him more ice time.feedback

Mar 18 2017

We're sort of blessed in the Metro to have three teams that are vying for first in the Metro, but also first in the league. That's a good challenge. I look at it as it's important to finish first. If not, then you're going to play a pretty good team right off the bat, not that you're not going to play a pretty good team in the first round because the teams that are going to get in [as wild cards] are good hockey teams as well.feedback

Mar 18 2017

You look at our record in the last 10, and for where our standard is, for me it's not acceptable. Let's get it squared away and let's get rolling the right way and let's make sure we're playing better.feedback

Mar 17 2017

Obviously, he brings another level of skill. He's chomping at the bit to get back in. He can make some pretty good plays. I think he'll be fresh, he'll be ready to go. They were pretty productive before he got hurt. When he gets back into the lineup, then hopefully that line will get going a little bit more.feedback

Mar 17 2017

He had pretty good strength. He was shooting. He didn't seem to have any problems. He's just smiling a lot right now.feedback

Mar 15 2017

Last year we were never uncomfortable because we had such a big lead [in the points race]. He's playing a pretty good game. I think he's not quite shooting enough of those one-timers. When he gets an opportunity, they're just not sitting flat for him right now. And he's just missing the net a little bit. If he starts shooting a little bit more off that one-timer and hitting the net a little bit more, they're going to go in. No question about that. But his work ethic and his skating and all that, it's all there. So it's going to happen for him.feedback

Mar 15 2017

Brooks understands the whole process. He understands whatever is best for the team, he's going to do. He gets that part.feedback

Mar 15 2017

Sometimes the numbers guys really don't play the game and don't understand the impact of an individual in your organization. There's certain things you can't measure and some of those things that you can't measure are some of the most important things that are part of a culture, development of a player, those things you can't measure, and he's got those intangibles. That's why he's been such a valuable player for us.feedback

Mar 15 2017

I thought Nate's come in and played very, very well. His ability to get up ice, his ability to skate, he's done a really good job. So, yeah, we do have a bit of an interesting scenario here. That's good. He's stepped in and is making our decisions tougher. I think that's an outstanding thing.feedback

Mar 13 2017

Adversity is a great teacher. I don't want it to go too much longer, but as long as we learn from this trip and not sort of blow it off. Our guys aren't happy that we didn't have a good trip. We weren't happy that we didn't get our last game at home. But we haven't been as good in a lot parts of our game. I think it identifies a lot of stuff we can work on.feedback

Mar 13 2017

There will be a lot made of him not scoring lately, but he is skating and maybe playing better than he has in long stretches when he was scoring. He's pretty dangerous. He's skating. I know that he's worked on that, and he's getting chances. He's dangerous and he's being heavy and he's hard to play against. It'll come.feedback

Mar 12 2017

It hasn't come as easy as it has earlier in the year, but that's okay. We need it to be a little rocky. … We're in a little bit of a playoff race right now, and that's fantastic.feedback

Mar 11 2017

He's playing hockey, and I say that with all due respect. He's not looking for the big hit. If it's there, he'll do that. I think earlier in his career, to stay in the lineup, he was looking for the big hit. He was looking for that forecheck and that physicality. I think he's just playing, and if it's there, then he responds to it and those situations. It's just him maturing as a young pro.feedback

Mar 11 2017

I think Tom's played really well. … You've got a shooter, you've got some big bodies and you've got some pretty good skaters on that line.feedback

Mar 10 2017

We had really great success before the break there, and coming out of the break, I kept the same. I thought they'd sort of re-spark, and they quite haven't. What I've learned with this group and the guys is that we move them around and they sort of find their way a little bit. And you can always go back to the old reliable lines. At some point, we probably will do that. Right now, we just need a little spark, a little interest, a little more production at five-on-five for us. Actually, I think he's got good energy.feedback

Mar 10 2017

He's skating probably as well as he has all year. I like his work ethic. If he just keeps adding that little bit of physical element and keeps shooting the puck, he's going to score some goals. I'm pretty sure about that. I'll bet anybody that he will. He's working at it. The one thing you don't want to see from a player who's maybe not having the production that they expect or they want is for them to be the victim and feel sorry for themselves, to not put in the time and the work to work out of it. He's not doing that. He's putting in the time and he's putting in the work.feedback

Mar 10 2017

We've had some chances, and we haven't buried them, you know? That'll come around. There's always times in the year when things don't add up, and sometimes they're positive and sometimes they're a little more negative. When we were scoring a lot of goals, we had a lot of snipe and our shooting percentage was really, really high. Right now, our shooting percentage isn't as high, and we're not finding the back of the net as much.feedback

Mar 10 2017

I think this team's a little different. I think last year, we had such a lead that we just sort of parked it. I don't think that you could say that we're doing that. From our standpoint, we're in a race with a lot of good teams in the Metro right now, so I don't think that's a concern at all.feedback

Mar 10 2017

Just know where the hell he is because he's all over.feedback

Mar 09 2017

Just know where the hell he is because he's all over. What an exceptional player he is and a human. I got to work with him a little bit with the Team Canada group. You talk about personality, you talk about talent, you talk about having a year. I can't think of a player in the league who's having a more impressive year than Brent Burns.feedback

Mar 09 2017

Early in that streak, I don't think he was getting very many chances. I think he's working better for those chances. Like I say, the hockey gods are making him pay and making him have to work for it a little bit. And he is, and he's going to score, I'm pretty sure about that. He's done it over his career, so he'll get back on track and he'll get here. Just like anything, it's tightening up now and you've got to work for your goals and you've got to work for your space, all those things. He'll continue to do that.feedback

Mar 09 2017

I think it plays in our favor when we don't have to chase the game because we can go with our four lines. Teams have to kind of try to force the issue, and we can counter pretty good.feedback

Mar 09 2017

We haven't dominated. It was a sort of a little bit of a mindset [before the bye week]. We came out with lots of juice and jumped on teams. And lately, we just haven't. We haven't come out with that, Let's jump on you early and not give you a chance to get off the mat.' We've sort of said, Let's see what happens and play. I think we've got a lot of confidence, but maybe sometimes you've got too much confidence going out against teams, saying, Oh, if we play the right way, we'll be fine,' . We've got to get a little more urgency in our game early.feedback

Mar 09 2017

I think teams have come in knowing they have to get off to a good start. They probably look at the record of goals in the first period and go, Man, we have to have a great period because they're really good in the first. But we haven't been that good in the first lately.feedback

Mar 07 2017

We feel he'd get more out of it staying here. We only have one practice and just one morning skate in five days, so I think it's more beneficial for him to be here with [strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish] skating and all that. He's on a perfect timeframe. There's no setbacks or anything; he's actually doing quite well. That's what we're going to do there.feedback

Mar 07 2017

Early in that [15-game] streak, I don't think he was getting very many chances. I think he's working better for those chances. Like I say, the hockey gods are making him pay and making him have to work for it a little bit. And he is, and he's going to score, I'm pretty sure about that. He's done it over his career, so he'll get back on track and he'll get here. Just like anything, it's tightening up now and you've got to work for your goals and you've got to work for your space, all those things. He'll continue to do that.feedback

Mar 07 2017

Obviously, he's a shooter; he's got to get pucks to the net. … He's a little off, a little bit off. Players will go through that. Ovi's pretty streaky if you look in his past. It wouldn't surprise me if he got 10 goals in the next five games. It's how he operates. Sometimes, he'll go a little bit flat there, so he's just going through a little bit of a dry spell, I think.feedback

Mar 06 2017

I think based on where he is that he will probably, and give me a little leeway, that he will probably be joining us on the trip. We'll say that he'll practice and do the morning skates and stuff like that.feedback

Mar 06 2017

He's doing good, he's skating. I anticipate him probably joining us maybe on this trip a little bit for practice. If he does come out it will probably be noncontact for a little while here, but he's progressing really well. We had to determine if he'd make the trip or stay back.feedback

Mar 06 2017

To me, he's going to play goal for the Washington Capitals and he's going to win a lot of games and at some point he's going to beat every team in this league more than once. That's how I look at it, but that's something I can bring up to him.feedback

Mar 05 2017

Knowing what I know of the Blues, they run a little different power play. It's really important for him to just relax and just understand why. He's done something instinctively for so long, and now we're asking him to do something a little bit different. We'll be patient with him.feedback

Mar 04 2017

It will be a good game. Philly's a traditional rival. We played them in the playoffs last year. I mean, they're right there. … You're going to get their absolute playoff mode best game, and that'll be a good test for you because that hardens us. It gets us prepared for hopefully what's ahead. This is my third year, and I have not been to a game where Philly and the Caps have not been a little bit nose to nose, so I think that's a good thing.feedback

Mar 03 2017

He was tired. He was fine. Had to keep him from shooting a little bit, but he's been working hard, working on his conditioning. Gave him a good test today.feedback

Mar 02 2017

I think what happens with young guys, he knows he's not up here for one game, and then he's going to have to set the world on fire or he goes back to Hershey. He's come up a few times, and every time he's come up, he's felt more part of the team. He feels more relaxed. He can just focus on his game, and what he does he really well. I think all those things combined, it really helps. He's got a sense of belonging. You can't really hand a young player confidence. They've got to earn it a little bit.feedback

Mar 02 2017

I think that's what his really true strength is, that when he delivers that puck, there's no tail on it. It's flat and it's not flipping and flopping. He has pretty good passes. Ovi's wheelhouse is pretty big, so if you get it near there, he's going to hammer it pretty good, and if you put it right in his wheelhouse, he's going to pinpoint it wherever he wants it.feedback

Mar 02 2017

I thought Ovi had one of his best games. He was back being heavy. I walked by him in the hall and said, It's good to have you back.feedback

Mar 02 2017

I think you talk to him. Obviously, he has a lot of respect for Brooks and what he does, and then obviously, Shattenkirk's resume speaks for itself. … I think Schmidty knows he's a long-term guy for our organization. He's gotten better and better every year, and his minutes have gone up and up every year. His responsibility and his role on the team has increased every year. I don't think you have to do a lot of explaining, but you still want to talk to him and that.feedback

Mar 02 2017

Obviously, that was a pretty heavy line. He brought that element to it. I thought he got pucks. … Sometimes, that line gets away a little bit from that forecheck and relies too heavily on a puck possession game, a rush game. Getting the puck off the forecheck a little bit more, I thought he brought that element.feedback

Mar 02 2017

I don't think that's over. I think we're going to have to be selective in what we're doing. I think we're going to be a little more cautious if guys get a little nicked up. We may just create that opportunity by having people pulled out. I was just talking to him. He's working really, really hard. The doctors are going to look at his hand and evaluate it again today. He's on the right timeline, and they're going to re-evaluate at the game tonight. The next timeline will sort of come into play.feedback

Dec 28 2016

I think with the young defensemen, it's a hard position. When you start spiraling a little bit, it's hard to sort of straighten the ship out a little bit. It takes a little longer. It's more like a tanker than a speed boat.feedback

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