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Sunday Afternoon Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

- One Eastern-based forward, out of the playoffs but watching intently, says he is amazed by the difference in defenceman usage between the two conferences. "In the East, they get into the offensive zone and play parallel to each other on the blue-line. In the West, some teams basically use them as rovers...They take more chances, but don't take an angle that gets them into trouble." He says Chicago's corps is the best at it.

- When Henrik Zetterberg was injured at the Olympics, some of the Swedish players said he was in so much pain, they were worried about his career, never mind the season. Impressive comeback, despite Detroit's defeat.

- It's starting to sound like a conspiracy theory, but watching Sidney Crosby's ice time is fascinating. He led all Pittsburgh forwards at 19 minutes 54 seconds in Game 5, which is a good omen. Combined with his 18:47 in Game 4, that's his third-lowest back-to-back total this season. His 44-second shift length was comparable to everyone else, but the second straight game it was 10 seconds lower than his season average. Don't know what to make of it all.


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