Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/29/14 at 02:08 PM ET
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
It’s interesting to see how new terms infiltrate themselves into the hockey consciousness. It used to be the puck went along the boards, but now it’s the wall. Teams that control the play are said to have good puck management. Forwards who follow up the play properly are showing good puck support.
The latest word to enter the conversation is ‘heavy.’ Big teams that control and cycle the puck and are difficult opponents and are said to play a ‘heavy’ game....
We’ve separated the teams below into three categories – heavyweights, middleweights and lightweights, with their current NHL standing in parentheses.
Anaheim (1): The Ducks, on average, aren’t one of the heavier teams in the league but get the distinction because their top of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Dustin Penner is a combined 18-feet-11 and 675 pounds.
St. Louis (2): The Blues have their share of smaller players, but their big guys are really, really big and difficult to play against. And even their small guys are heavy.
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