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  • oiler 2:16 pm on October 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    The 10-game rule and 30 Thoughts:

    A few years ago, I was chatting with a GM about a team that started the NHL season very nicely.

    “I believe in the 10-game rule,” he snorted. “You don’t get a true sense of a team in the first 10 games. I don’t put too much into a hot or cold start.”

    Well, he’s modified that stance — slightly.

    “With the three-point games, teams can’t win the Stanley Cup in the first 10 games of the season,” he said. “But they sure can lose it that quickly.”

  • oiler 1:18 pm on October 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Sabres   

    Ruff lets good lines roll:

    The Sabres will be playing 21 sets of back-to-back games this season, the most in the NHL for the second straight year. And you’re not going to win many of the back ends playing just nine forwards. You’re going to have to give time — and get contributions — from grinders such as Cody McCormick.

  • oiler 6:22 pm on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    NHL Game Previews – Oct 14, 2011 

  • oiler 6:13 pm on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Sharks   

    San Jose Sharks ready to rev it back up

    McLellan wanted up-tempo practices because of the team’s experience a year ago, after it returned from Sweden and had a week off before the first game in North America. The Sharks got off to a slow start, and he wondered if he didn’t push the team hard enough in practices.

    Thus, the change.

    “Was it the right thing? I guess we’ll find out over the next little bit,” McLellan said.

    San Jose faces Anaheim tonight. Both teams are coming off five days rest, but only Anaheim had to travel from Europe to get there.

  • oiler 2:19 pm on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    Don’t chase who’s scoring points. Chase who’s skating top minutes.

    Player Team Pos PP TOI/G
    John-Michael Liles TOR D 7:06:00
    Dion Phaneuf TOR D 6:55:00
    Keith Yandle PHX D 6:41:00
    Brian Campbell FLA D 6:26:00
    Ilya Kovalchuk NJD L 6:17:00
    Lubomir Visnovsky ANA D 6:07:00
    Shane Doan PHX R 5:57:00
    Kris Letang PIT D 5:52:00
    Sergei Gonchar OTT D 5:49:00
    Nicklas Lidstrom DET D 5:49:00
    Dan Boyle SJS D 5:48:00
    Ryan Getzlaf ANA C 5:45:00
    Stephen Weiss FLA C 5:44:00
    Kris Versteeg FLA R 5:43:00
    Tomas Holmstrom DET L 5:43:00
    Teemu Selanne ANA R 5:42:00
    Ray Whitney PHX L 5:39:00
    Erik Karlsson OTT D 5:36:00
    Corey Perry ANA R 5:35:00
    Cam Fowler ANA D 5:28:00
    Phil Kessel TOR R 5:26:00
    Joffrey Lupul TOR R 5:20:00
    Adam Larsson NJD D 5:16:00
    Joni Pitkanen CAR D 5:14:00
    Tyler Bozak TOR C 5:13:00
    James Neal PIT L 5:12:00
    Dmitry Kulikov FLA D 5:05:00
    Martin Hanzal PHX C 5:05:00
    Alexander Edler VAN D 5:04:00
    Tomas Fleischmann FLA L 5:00:00

    More time on ice stats, via nhl.com.

  • oiler 1:43 pm on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Matt Moulson, P.A. Parenteau   

    With John Tavares playing so well to start the season, you’ve got to upgrade linemates Matt Moulson and P.A. Parenteau. There’s still time to jump on the wagon.

  • oiler 1:41 pm on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Stars   

    Dallas unimpressive in 3-2 win over Blues. From head coach Glen Gulutzan:

    “What did we say Monday. You could say the same thing today. The room is pretty quiet. I think people are recognizing in that locker room that we had a little bit better effort than we had before, but our game is still not there. We have a lot of work to do before our goalie gets too tired. We have a lot of work to do.”

  • oiler 1:38 pm on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Predators   

    Concern in Nashville?

    The Predators are known for their ability to overcome injuries by slotting pieces into the lineup and making them fit. But Nashville was without some heavy hitters tonight. No Martin Erat, no Patric Hornqvist, and no Mike Fisher. They could make up Nashville’s top forward line any game of the year. You could say the Predators came out flat, but injuries have hurt them at this early state. It’s tough to expect to win with three of your top-6 forwards out.

  • oiler 7:06 pm on October 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    NHL Game Previews – Oct 13, 2011 

    10 games on schedule tonight. Here are matchups for 4 of them.

  • oiler 7:27 pm on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    NHL Game Previews – Oct 12, 2011 

    COL at CBJ
    Rest – 1 day off, 1-0-0
    Travel – 2nd of 5 game road trip, first of back to back
    Streak – W1, 0-0-0 after win
    Goal – Varlamov
    Alert – Coming off high (win at Boston where Bruins were sleepwalking)
    Notes – Still looking for first PP goal of season

    Rest – 1 day off, 0-1-0
    Travel – Last game home (2) before 1 game road trip
    Streak – L3, 0-2-0
    Goal – Mason
    Alert – 2 days off upcoming; travel day Friday
    Notes – CBJ didn’t practice on Tuesday. Also still looking for first PP goal of season.

    BOS at CAR
    Rest – 1 day off, 1-1-0
    Travel – 1st of 2 game road trip
    Streak – L1, 1-0-0
    Goal – Thomas
    Alert – Coming off low (loss vs Avs on Monday, skated hard Tuesday)
    Notes – Krejci out. Seguin in as #1 center

    Rest – 1 day off, 0-1-0
    Travel – Single home stand
    Streak – 0-2-1, 0-0-1 after reg loss
    Goal – Ward
    Alert –
    Notes – No lineup changes; team worked out off-ice Tuesday

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