Finding Something That Works
Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek put his team through an hour long practice at the Bell Sports Complex on Wednesday before the Cats took to the air to travel to Buffalo for their next game Thursday night.
Following a day off on Tuesday, Horachek was happy with the Cats effort in practice as they look to move past Monday's 2-1 loss to the Canadiens and get back in the win column.
"We had a good talk before the practice and I thought it was pretty good," said Horachek. "You're never going to get a great, great practice when you've been off but they warmed up pretty well and I thought they seemed to have a purpose and a little resolve that they want to be a good team moving forward."
The Killer B line of Sean Bergenheim, young gun rookie Aleksander Barkov and Brad Boyes continued their hot streak of late, combining for the only goal and getting most of the Panthers scoring chances at the Bell Centre but Horachek is hoping the other lines help out.
"In the past and earlier we were getting contributions from all lines and different lines each night," said Horachek. "We're hopefully going to get a little more consistency out of the other lines."
After posting 11 shots in the first two periods, Horachek made a couple of line moves, including moving forward Drew Shore up to Nick Bjugstad's line, and the team responded with 16 shots on Carey Price but couldn't find the equalizer. For Horachek, the tinkering is sometimes necessary but he doesn't like to do it if he doesn't have to.
"You're always trying something," said Horachek. "I'll try different things and different people playing together.
"Right now you don't want to move and change things, or I don't want to move and change things every single game. I want to try and find something that works. Let them work through it, let them talk a little bit…I think that works so we'll just try little things as you call tinkering and we'll see what happens."