One of the first things we see in the locker room every day is the board with updated NHL standings.
We’ve been paying attention to it for quite some time, as I’m sure other teams in the playoff race are doing.
We know we have to string some wins together if we want to climb. It’s pretty tight and every night is going to be important from here on out.
There is, for us, a sense of urgency. That goes for other teams too, but we have got to be a more desperate team. I don’t think we were desperate enough yesterday against Carolina. That was a team that we could have buried a little bit and put further behind us. Instead we gave them life and we can’t let that happen again.
Hopefully we’ve matured from last season after missing the playoffs, and learned from our mistakes because I definitely feel that we are capable of a lot when we all pull together.
We are playing with more confidence, we are in a better place than we were last season... Now we just have to prove it.
Toronto should be a good test. They are a fast team and Air Canada Center is always a fun building to play in.
We are going to be desperate. We need those points. We have to make sure we’re ready to play for 60 minutes.
It has to be everybody pulling in the same direction so that, hopefully, we’ll see some changes in the standings.