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from the San Jose Sharks,
Holmstrom is notorious for sitting directly in front of the netminder, and while it may ultimately be the goaltender’s problem, Nabokov is simply the last line of defense and the blueliners and forwards can help deter any potential problems as well.
“He gets there as early as possible,” said Hannan of Holmstrom’s offensive position. “You can get in front of him or lift his stick.”
Being in front of Holmstrom to stop a shot, prevents the goalie from being screened. Working his stick keeps the Red Wings forward from grabbing any rebounds or tipping for a redirect.
“You can’t allow any second chances,” said Hannan. “He’s good at tipping the puck. He knows where to screen and how to tip.”
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
You may say, goals become dearer in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Correct.
But what’s interesting is that while last season’s difference between scoring in the regular season and the playoffs was a half-goal (6.2 in the regular season to 5.7 in the playoffs), it’s down a full goal (5.9 to 4.9) in this campaign. We’re basically back to where we started, statistically, before the lockout.
Now, don’t expect the NHL to acknowledge this. After all, it didn’t acknowledge there was a problem with scoring after it started fixing it. Instead, the league tried to discredit the messengers. Don’t hold that against the NHL, it’s just its style.
While the sailor is busy covering ground in record time, I thought I would do a little Wings update.
Red Wings Corner reports Lang needs more ice time and has the possible line combos for tonight’s game. Looks like Hudler is out.
from Scotty Bowman at NBC Sports,
To keep out of danger in your own end, what you’ve got to do is get to loose pucks quick, and make quicker decisions. You have to have your mind made up before you do it. I know a lot of coaches nowadays don’t want their defensemen to clear the puck around the boards, but on the glass—just make sure you hit the glass! That’s why that automatic penalty for shooting it over the glass is so effective in causing scoring chances. The most-skilled guys will be able to put it in the right place, and it will be tougher for the pinching ‘D’ to keep it in.
much more from Scotty on numerous NHL topics, well worth a visit…
Detroit fans, anyone have a feeling we just may be seeing the recommendation above tonight?
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Quadruple BACKHAND: They don’t have high-def cameras in the so-called World’s Most Famous Arena? They have a 10-story building, a show club, an elephant holding area, a train station, their own television network, a venue for CBS television to introduce its annual fall lineup, the Garden Club, two restaurants, 89 suites and more money then even Glen Sather knows how to spend in what is arguably the richest city in the world and they can’t afford a high-def camera?
more “hands” than you can imagine…
from the Edmonton Journal,
The axe fell in Phoenix not long after Barry Smith high-tailed it off the continent….
So why not hang around and help if things look so rosy?
“I wanted to run my own program. I’d gone with Scotty Bowman (in Detroit) for a long time and it was a tremendous experience,” said Smith. “I had the chance to work with Wayne for two seasons and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. He’s got to be the coach. He’s got to have the chance of doing more on his own.
“I want to do more of my own as well. It wasn’t as if we had different philosophies. I love the guy. I needed a chance to try my way.”
more on Smith and the World Championships…
from the Hockey News,
What’s that sound you ask? That’s the din of the Canucks playoff hopes blowing up exactly one second after Travis Moen smacked a rebound past Roberto Luongo early in OT to give the Ducks a death-grip on this conference semifinal.
But why was that pop so loud? Well, that’s because a whole lot of air had been pumped into Vancouver’s Cup dreams in first 54 minutes and 18 seconds of this contest.
read on and Sabres/Rangers talk too…
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
Is the heavy weight of great expectations beginning to wear on the Presidents’ Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres?
There seemed to be some telltale signs of just that during and after the Sabres’ 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. The series, which seemed over after the favored Sabres grabbed a 2-0 lead on home ice, is tied and looking a lot different.
“No one said it was going to be easy,” said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who finished with 26 saves.
added 12:15pm, For those of you who are comtemplating using this video source, David at the Ice Block breaks down the logistics and other topics of this new source for media delivery.
from The Maven,
New Jersey fans won’t want to hear this but the Devils would do well to study the Rangers’ tactics which have helped the Blueshirts tie their series at two apiece.
And if Lou Lamoriello’s sextet is smart, they’ll begin applying those tactics tonight (Wednesday) in Ottawa; otherwise what loomed as a tight playoff with the Senators will get totally out of hand.
The Rangers’ game plan can be summed up with just a few words – HUSTLE, MORE HUSTLE; FORECHECKING AND EVEN MORE FORECHECKING.
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