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  • me 11:13 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Kings   

    Great analysis of today’s game from LA Kings Head Coach Terry Murray.

    From Rich Hammond’s blog:

    “We’re seeing it around the league right now. Every team is pulling back and is very structured on the checking part of the game. My goodness. I don’t know what that evolves out of, quite honestly. You literally have four across at the blue line. You see Tampa last year, their defenseman is right back, about five feet in front of their crease. It’s becoming a style of play that we’re seeing, literally, by everybody in the league right now. So that makes it more difficult to score, there’s no question.

    “Anything on the rush is almost literally impossible. Your puck recovery now, and puck placement on the forecheck, is critical. You’ve got to have some speed coming to those pucks, because most teams now have that defenseman back and in position to recover the puck before you get there. So it’s very much a timing issue. When you do get puck recovery, you’ve got to take the best advantage of it that you can, through cycling and getting something happening to the net.’’

  • me 7:24 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Capitals   

    Bruce Boudreau on why Capitals are going to Edmonton early

    At around 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Capitals will jet off to Edmonton, arriving more than 48 hours before they take the ice for their game against the Oilers. But that wasn’t even the start of the team beginning preparations for a few days in Western Canada.

    No, that started with a couple practices back home in Arlington at later times than usual – an attempt to get used to later workouts.

  • me 7:38 pm on October 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    NHL Game Previews – Oct 20, 2011 

    Advantages all to: Boston, Montreal, Florida, Chicago.

  • me 7:35 pm on October 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dany Heatley, ,   

    Yeo expects big response tonight from Wild:

    “Yeo spent a lot of the morning skate having one-on-one meetings with a number of players, including captain Mikko Koivu. He also said that as a team, the Wild’s slow starts recently against the Islanders, Senators and Penguins were addressed.

    “Devin Setoguchi goes to the right wing, Dany Heatley to the left wing of the top line. They had both been playing on their off wings because Heatley has mostly played right wing in his career and is more comfortable there. But Setoguchi is not. Both Setoguchi’s goals this year have come on his strong side and he had a tendency of 1) not catching pucks well on the left side, 2) skating east-west, 3) not coming down with speed, 4) forcing pucks to Heatley.

  • me 3:04 pm on October 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Avalanche   

    Sacco sees Avalanche establishing a new identity:

    “We got in late Monday night and had yesterday off so today, when you practice, you expect a sluggish day. But what I liked about our practice today is the guys were moving, skating and working. It wasn’t the prettiest practice, but the work ethic was there.

  • me 2:43 pm on October 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Maple Leafs   

    Leafs near-flawless start masks a few faults:

    “But beyond the 4-0-1 mark are a few concerning signs, issues that will need to be addressed with the Bruins, Canadiens, Flyers, and Rangers up next on a four-game road trip.

    Leafs beat reporter Jonas Siegel goes on to list three main areas of concern:

    • Secondary Scoring
    • Slow starts
    • Special teams
  • me 2:13 pm on October 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Lightning   

  • me 7:51 pm on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    NHL Game Previews – Oct 18, 2011 

  • me 7:34 pm on October 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ducks, Jonas Hiller   

    Ducks’ Hiller playing like he never left:

    “We were playing our best hockey right before the All-Star break last year,” Hiller said. “I think we’ve all worked hard to get back to that.

    “You kinda get a different feel for your body. You don’t take it for granted anymore that you’re going to feel that good. Plus I’m having a little more fun out there now. In the past it used to be a lot more like work. I’m listening to my body better and if I need to cut back, I will.”

    That is up to Coach Randy Carlyle, of course. Hiller has played all four Ducks games. Tonight’s game at San Jose, followed by three days off, might be an ideal chance to get Dan Ellis in there, but Carlyle guards such secrets.

  • me 6:10 pm on October 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    NHL Game Previews – Oct 17, 2011 

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