The stage is set for a rematch between the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators, two nights after the two teams squared off in Canada's capital city.
The Hurricanes are eyeing a bounce-back effort after the Senators handed them their fourth consecutive loss in a 4-1 final.
The Canes' 4-1 loss in Ottawa on Saturday was one to forget.
Consider these rapid reactions from the locker room.
"We weren't ready to play, to a man. The first period was a joke. We gave them three goals, and that was it," captain Jordan Staal said. "That game was not good enough all the way through the lineup, including myself. To a man, we've got to work and be ready to go every shift, every period and every game. We didn't come out with the effort or competitiveness that we need to win."
"That's the result you're going to get when you play like that. It wasn't good enough, obviously," alternate captain Jaccob Slavin said. "That's on us in the locker room. The guys within these four walls, we have to figure it out."
"They came ready to go, and our guys weren't ready," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We were not winning any battles and just playing so carefree, which is the most disappointing part of the game for me. We're a team that's lost however many in a row, and to come out and play like that at the start is very disturbing. That's what you get in this league if you're not ready to play. To a man, we weren't focused on what we had to do, and that's what you get."
Monday's rematch is a chance to right that wrong, a chance to slow this slide and get back in the win column for the first time since the first of the month.
"As a team, we're going to want to give it to them," Slavin said. "But we can't worry about them. We've got to worry about us and fixing whatever issues we've got."
"It's a soul-search time for our group. We're better than what we're showing right now, for sure, but tonight, that was not acceptable," Brind'Amour said. "I wish we were playing right now. I wish we could start over, but you don't. That's not what happens in this league. We'll see. We'll see what this group is made of next game."
100 for Svech & Rod
Andrei Svechnikov is set to play in his 100th career NHL game. Svechnikov, who netted his seventh goal of the season on Saturday, has amassed 27 goals and 53 points in his first 99 games with the Canes.
Monday's tilt also marks Brind'Amour's 100th behind the bench as head coach. Brind'Amour has totaled a 55-36-8 record in 99 regular-season games with the Canes.
The Senators improved to 6-9-1 with their 4-1 win on Saturday, but they are just 1-5-1 away from Ottawa. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who gave the Sens a 3-0 lead just four seconds after they scored to make it 2-0, leads the team in goals (8) and points (12).
AT THE RINK
Monday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, and the Canes will be honoring veterans for their service and commitment to the country. Military veterans and their families can access a special ticket offer.
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