Max Pacioretty has been through it all. In 626 NHL games played, the 30-year-old veteran has seen winning streaks, losing streaks, and overall bad stretches of play. Just last season, his former team, the Montreal Canadiens, started the year losing eight of their first ten games. On top of that, the Habs had six losing streaks of four-games or more.
So a four-game home losing streak when his team is comfortably in the playoffs isn’t going to rattle a player like Pacioretty, nor should it rattle the fans.
Every great team has to face adversity at some point or another… hopefully we can build off this experience here and rally around it. Eventually we use that to our advantage. We haven’t been playing the right way, and a little bit of a wake up call needs to jump start us here. -Pacioretty
Now deep into his first campaign with the Golden Knights, Pacioretty understands and appreciates the passionate fanbase. Which is why he’s reaching out to the Vegas faithful, and telling them to take a deep breath. The players are confident that they’ll break out of this current skid, and go on to play strong hockey at home.
We have a tremendous advantage playing at home in front of our fans. We want to make sure we maintain that by playing good hockey in front of them. -Pacioretty
Cliche or not, every NHL team has its share of ups and downs over an 82 game regular schedule. Which is why the average point total for a team that wins the Presidents Trophy is 115.5 regular season points. Even the best of the best go on losing streaks.
No. There’s no panic -Pacioretty
So in a way, Pacioretty suggests most contending teams will usually go through stretches of bad hockey. A good team will break those streaks and become a better club because of it. Pacioretty assures fans that Vegas will learn from this recent roller coaster drop.
Hopefully, this can lead to something where we look back and say we didn’t have success because of this, or because of that. We’ll make sure we don’t forget about it as well. -Pacioretty
The second liner will be the first to tell you that losing four straight at home is unsettling, but he’ll also remind you Vegas has 14 home games remaining and plenty of hockey left to build confidence before the postseason.
One thing Pacioretty is not concerned with is the notion that opponents are getting pumped up playing in front of the boisterous T-Mobile Arena crowd. In fact, he was amused by the idea.
Ha. When we’re getting cheered for it pumps us up more than the other team. The atmosphere is so cool, so lively… I wouldn’t say anyone should come in here and say that it pumps them up more than us. -Pacioretty
Spoken like a true defender of the fortress.