There’s a fine line with being confident and being arrogant.
Personally I think it becomes someone else’s interpretation of your character that justifies the label.
However, if you back it up with consistency you are let of the hook.
There is nothing wrong with telling yourself that you will win. That you will bounce back. Just because you lost against this team the last time; it doesn’t mean that the same outcome will happen again.
Hockey has momentum swings at every turn. It doesn’t make a difference who you are or what your last game was. All that matters is that the next game is your best game.
You can control your mindset leading into the game. You can block out the last defeat. You can’t think about the mistakes.
You have to be consciously mindful to eliminate these thoughts from your thought processes.
Because, if you tell yourself you will win.