The Importance of the Mental Factor
The Mental Factor is important for the Carolina Hurricanes
The trio discusses the all-important mental factor with the new playoff circumstances.
The mental factor in hockey is one of the guiding principles that rule the game, the most important among them being crowd presence. A crowd can make or break a team’s confidence and create a true home advantage.
Tripp Tracy believes that the lack of home ice is going to be a deciding factor for both teams. What this comes down to is the ability of each team to “find desperation without fans.”
While we have seen the Canes struggle with this very issue, the last few games of the season told the story of a team that had recommitted to chasing each puck and finding the back of the net.
As I echoed in a previous article, Tripp Tracy believes that head coach Rod Brind’Amour “is the perfect guy to be able to motivate the hockey club to put that chip on their shoulder”.
I think that this will be the defining narrative of the series. Finding that desperation will be important because it may also provide an edge over one of the top seed teams who will not be going directly into the second round, unlike those teams who win the qualifying series.