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Johan Franzen's skate caught the face of Alex Burrows who did return to the bench after going for repairs.
from Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona,
Among the most glaring and disturbing of the Coyotes' deficiencies in a 3-0 loss to Calgary on Saturday was the noticeable difference in speed between the teams....
"I'd like to think that our pace wasn't good enough," he said. "In this game, if you played slow you didn't play very well and we had too many players that played slow."
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, they've looked slower than many opponents this season, and that trend began on opening night when the Winnipeg Jets skated circles around them.
With 24 games providing a healthy sample size for evaluation, that issue could signal a continuation of the gradual youth movement that is already underway in Glendale with the call-ups of forwards Tobias Rieder, Brendan Shinnimin and defenseman Brandon Gormley.
"When you take a hard look at where you're at relative to the competition and when you take a look at what's happening around the league, I think that's where we need to take this team," GM Don Maloney said.
Jim Fox with a zinger at the end of the video and Bob Miller is not impressed.
After having his skills questioned, Marc-Andre Fleury turned to an uncommon method to improve his game.
Christine Simpson with the report...
SIX-WAY TIE FOR TOP SPOT IN THE NHL
The Nashville Predators (16-5-2, 34 points), New York Islanders (17-7-0, 34 points), Pittsburgh Penguins (16-5-2, 34 points), St. Louis Blues (16-6-2, 34 points) and Tampa Bay Lightning (16-6-2, 34 points) all recorded wins on Saturday night to pull even with the Montreal Canadiens (16-7-2, 34 points) for the most standings points in the NHL.
RANGERS, SABRES SWEEP HOME-AND-HOME SETS…
Both the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres swept their home-and-home series with the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens respectively.
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
Denis Potvin was at the Coliseum on Saturday night, the team’s legendary defenseman coming as the second leg in a year-long celebration of the dynasty teams of the 1980s, in this, the final year of this suburban hockey barn. But instead of just reminiscing, and being somber about the halcyon days of hoisting Stanley Cups, this was Potvin sending a message to the new squad, doing their best to honor the spirit of the old teams while writing their own bit of history.
“Take a look at us, and there’s nothing you can do about it, nothing we can do about it — it’s history,” Potvin said before the Islanders’ 3-1 victory over the Devils. “Now, it’s like that torch is really being passed to them and they’ve got a chance to do something. It’s all about them. I really think that you can’t be dreaming, you can’t be thinking about the organization.
“You don’t have to prove yourselves to us, or to the 1980 team or ’82, ’83. They have a great opportunity now to write their own history. And it’s real. We can see that. The way they’re playing hockey, the steps they’ve made over the last couple of years. This is probably 1975 for this team. And it doesn’t get any better than that.”
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Your first impulse is that the Flyers, losers of eight of their last nine games, can't get any lower.
Then you quickly realize they are playing their next four games on the road, where they have lost seven straight, and you wonder whether Craig Berube will still be the coach when the team plays its next game at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 11 - or whether general manager Ron Hextall has Dan Bylsma on his speed dial.
To be fair, Berube deserves only a little bit of the blame. His team has no identity, has played mostly lifeless hockey, and he has steadfastly refused to bench slow-moving veterans R.J. Umberger (without a point in the last 16 games) or Vinny Lecavalier (goalless in the last 12 games) for an entire game and send a message: Produce or sit.
You can argue that the Flyers have not been ready at the start of games, having allowed the first goal in 17 of 23 contests. The Flyers have played 11 road games and, inexplicably, have failed to score first in any of them.
“I don’t buy that on back-to-back games our energy was low, I’m tired of that one. Our effort wasn’t good enough. We got outworked, and I’m not buying any back-to-back crap. We just didn’t get enough out of a lot of guys, and it cost us.”
-Lindy Ruff, head coach of the Dallas Stars after a 5-2 loss to the Colorada Avalanche. More on the game from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Note- NSFW language...
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Trying to fire a puck on net in the NHL these days is like trying to thread an arrow through the forest to hit a target behind two trees.
Shot blocking has evolved to the point that a shooter needs luck as well as accuracy.
"It's like the other team has six goalies on the ice," Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds joked.
Over the last 10 seasons, shot blocking has increased by roughly five a game. That means that there are about 6,000 more shots a season blocked today than there were in 2003-04.
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