Dave Hakstol met with the press prior to the Flyers-Rangers game Saturday night.
This was the conversation:
On the 5-minute power play in last
“We didn't do a good job and we know
that. We have to be better in that situation. We didn't win a lot of
battles. And usually it starts with urgency on a five-minute power
play. And a lot of times it goes drastically one way or another. It
seems like if the PK gets a little bit of momentum, I've see it a lot
of times where that's the direction where the five-minute power play
goes. In that case, that's what happened. We got off to a poor start
and we didn't recover. We didn't do little things to recover on.”
Luke Schenn out of lineup? Not happy
with performance the other night?
“I thought he played a pretty solid
game. Mostly, it's looking at our lineup tonight, I wanted to get
Brandon Manning back in for some reasons going into tonight.”
Was the Rangers' speed one of those
“That's one of them. But I thought
Luke did a good, solid job. And Brandon came out of the lineup for
different reasons and he's going to go back in tonight.”
In college, was there as many cases of
guys coming in and out of the lineup?
“There's much of that in any level of
More set lineups?
“No. Absolutely not. Absolutely not.
You make game-day decisions based on a lot of things. And I guess
every coach and every staff probably has their own criteria. We have
our own process that we go through.”
Key to beating the Rangers?
“Well, there are so many things that
they do well as a team. For us, the key is going to be to go out and
play the way we need to play. We've got to go out and play a real
good 60 minutes of hockey within the way we play the game. So I'm not
going to rattle off things they do well. There's a lot of things they
do well. There's a lot of things we do well too. So we're going to go
out and do those things well tonight.”
Do you have a measuring point for this
team, 10 games, 20 games?
“No, just to get better every day,
work at it get, better. You only have one opportunity every night at
the two points. So you've got to concentrate on doing the little
things every night to get those points. And then in combination with
that find little ways to improve what we're doing day in and day
Do you notice a difference in how you
play at home and on the road?
“I haven't seen a trend there yet. We
played awful hard on the road and I think for the most part we've
played awful hard here. So I haven't seen a trend yet. Maybe it's too
early. I hope there's not a big difference. We want to play the way
we play whether it's at home or on the road.”
You mentioned that Dallas and Tampa Bay
were quality opponents, but yesterday said you didn't think Rangers
were a measuring stick. But Rangers have basically owned the Flyers
for a decade …
“I think I said the same thing,
they're a quality opponent. But we're not looking for measuring
sticks. There are two points on the line tonight and we have to do
everything in our power to beat the team on the other side of the
rink. It's the same approach when we went into Tampa. You can go down
the list. We've got to worry about ourselves. We know we're playing a
quality opponent. But we have to have the focus on the things we do
and how we do them.”