Spent some time talking with Mark Stone after today's morning skate and he shared his thought on the HST line, developing the power play and more...
On building off Wednesday's win against the Maple Leafs:
I think we have to have a similar mindset. Anytime you're playing your first game there's a lot of energy on both sides and the game can kind of get out of control sometimes and you saw that. Chance after chance for big stretches of the game but I think that's normal in most first games especially for a team as young as them playing their first game and a team like us trying to learn a new system. It makes it easy to go back to bad habits.
On skating on a line with Kyle Turris and Mike Hoffman:
I think we're all pretty smart players and we can play with anyone really but we like playing with each other, we find each other. We can use Hoffman's speed, Kyle's speed…I guess you could say my speed to try and back teams off and get that zone time. Last game, we spent a lot of time in our own end and that's not like us so we have to find a way to get some established zone time in the offensive zone.
On generating more offensive zone time:
A lot of it has to do with reading each other. Reading where each other is going to be and I think for us we were just kind of concentrating a little bit too much on getting that high quality chance where I think we'd take a couple of shots, get them scrambling in their zone and that's when you start to find open lanes. For us, I think we're going to start to do a little bit more of the littler plays than the bigger plays.
On the new look power play:
We had success in the pre-season, obviously I wasn't a part of it that much since I only played one game, but at the same time I think you look at it, we got ourselves some momentum on our power play last game. We had a couple of good looks and could've scored on both. I think that's what you look for in a power play. Obviously, you're not going to score on every power play but you can definitely outwork the penalty kill when you go out there. You've got 5 guys versus 4, you need to make plays, you need to make the right play and we've been doing a good job of that so far.
On facing the Canadiens tonight:
It's a different team but they have a lot of the same players. They play the same way, they've got speed up front and obviously they made a huge change on the back end trading one of their best defenseman for another great defenseman. I don't think we address them differently. They're going to bring the same speed, they're going to go hard to the net, they're going to try and funnel lots of pucks to the net but at the same time that's what we're looking to do. We're going to try and find a way to hem them in their end and that's when other teams start to tire out when you're playing in the offensive zone.