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“We’re not playing the right way. We made a heck of a run here playing the right way, no odd-man rushes, don’t force offense, don’t give the puck away and make hope-for plays offensively. We’ve had a shoot-first mentality that allowed us to be top five in the league in scoring goals. But we don’t want to play the right way. We want to play a different game right now. Until we buy into that, we’re going to have some rough water we have to go through.
“When you force offense and you play careless with the puck, when you have defensemen who want to play ahead of the forwards, you end up with a recipe for disaster. … We’ve given up more odd-man rushes in six hockey games than we did in two months last year. You can’t win like that. The alarm bell’s going off.”
-Ken Hitchcock, coach of the St. Louis Blues after losing 4-1 at home to Vancouver. More on the game from Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Below, watch Hitchcock's post-game...
Here are the highlights from those games...
Below, the play he may have possibly injured his knee.
It’s often said that the mentality of a professional athlete and that of a poker player go hand in hand. That winning mentality. The never say die attitude. The sitting on a team bus for hours and hours making your way across country. It all transfers across from the rink and onto the poker table. No man can prove that more than Greg Mueller.
The 43-year-old has transferred his talents seamlessly onto the green velvet over the past few years since retiring from the sport in 2000, not only becoming an ex-pro who enjoys a hand like P.K. Subban and Mike Bossy, but a poker pro in his own right.
It's been a hectic last three days for me so I am rewarding myself with some time off tonight.
I will be watching the games tonight and nothing else.
Of course if something major does pop up I will post, but other than that, see you tomorrow morning.
The Insiders have the latest on the possible discipline facing Sudbury Wolves coach Paul Fixter after he cursed at a reporter, Leon Draisaitl's nine-game mark and more.
watch it at TSN and in regards to Paul Fixter, watch what happened below...
This list, like all others TSN.ca produces, is a living and breathing one. Just as sure as lines change, you can be sure this list will change and, as such, it will be revisited in the weeks to come. Leading a group effort in the weekly rankings is TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button. Ultimately, he's the face of the list. Direct all your feedback - good and BAD - to his twitter account @craigjbutton and use the hashtag #tsnhockeylist.
Corsi% = Corsi Percentage (shots, missed shots & blocked shots for vs. shots, missed shots & blocked shots against)
Corsi Rel% = Relative Corsi (player's Corsi % relative to team Corsi when player not on ice)
1. The Getzlaf Line
A line that dominates with skill and power. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry can set it up or finish it and Devante Smith-Pelly is smart in reading off both of them and is the perfect 'wing man' for Getzlaf and Perry. They have played together just two games this season, but previously played together during the 2014 playoffs.
LW Devante Smith-Pelly 7 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 PTS, 16:08 TOI, 45.3 Corsi%, -4.8 Corsi Rel%
C Ryan Getzlaf 7 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 PTS, 19:53 TOI, 48.9 Corsi%, +0.1 Corsi Rel%
RW Corey Perry 7 GP, 8 G, 2 A, 10 PTS, 19:16 TOI, 50.3 Corsi%, +2.1 Corsi Rel%
update, original post was 10/21/14 at 11:13am, Don't forget to register for the free fantasy nightly game tonight!
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Scoring points are below....
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
“Obviously it was a tragic day and being that close to it made it seem even that much more real,” Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul said following his team’s practice Thursday at the MasterCard Centre. “It’s certainly not something you expect or even are aware of as a Canadian that there is a possibility something like that could happen here.
“People like that at Parliament Hill and the prime minister being there and seeing it all unfold was surreal - especially seeing it all unfold from your room like that.”
The Leafs team hotel was essentially across the road from the National War Memorial where soldier Nathan Cirillo was shot to death late Thursday morning. Players on higher floors saw the drama unfold and were captivated by the tragic events.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
If there's one thing Jordan Nolan learned through the years, it's that he can't slack off when his dad is around. Working hard means the world to Ted Nolan. The Sabres' coach believes an honest effort can lead to great things.
Jordan Nolan is living proof.
The 25-year-old forward has two champion rings with the Los Angeles Kings. Though not the most talented player on the Stanley Cup-winning roster, Nolan gets by with size and a determined work ethic -- two things he got from his dad.
"He’s pretty honest," Jordan Nolan said today. "He’s pretty black and white, but he’s also always pushing me to get better and always there to support me if I have something to talk about. If I’m not working hard, that’s his main thing. He’ll let me know."
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