"I was in survival mode. The first 20 games, I felt okay," Laich said. "And then after that it was such a nose-dive where I was just trying to survive that day and I'll deal with trying to practice tomorrow or trying to play tomorrow. Honestly, from mid-November on it was a day-by-day kind of year for me and it's impossible to get the work in at practice that you need, get the workouts in off the ice that you need. It's impossible to prepare and to excel at the game."