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“It’s three against five to score. The two defencemen (on the attacking team) don’t come in because they’re worried about getting caught. You get so many outnumbered situations down low. Look at how close the defending wingers are to their net and how far away they are from the other net. It’s a good ploy defensively, but it’s why there is not as much offence.

When I was coaching in Montreal, Lafleur and Shutt wouldn’t even know what the ice was like below the top of the circle. Look at Wayne Gretzky; he was always out between the blue-lines. Brett Hull? Maybe it’s wise to put four guys down low and one other guy way high.”

-Scotty Bowman via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal where you can find much more “hockey world” talk.

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“Everybody talks about how old the Wings are getting old but they have four very good kids — Jurco, Swede Calle Jarnkrok, who played in the worlds at 20, Finn Teemu Pulkkinen and forward Riley Sheahan. What they don’t have is a hotshot goalie coming. Their first-rounder in 2008 Thomas McCollum has made little progress in the AHL. He only got into 28 games in Grand Rapids last year (3.49 goals-against average, .891 save percentage) and 15 in the East Coast Hockey League with the Toledo Walleye.”

Matheson is usually pretty spot-on, but it was quite an oversight to miss Petr Mrazek, especially after his dynamic performance at the World Junior Championship this year.

Posted by PDXWing on 06/03/12 at 03:12 PM ET

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