Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/15/11 at 01:56 AM ET
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes put a lot of faith and trust in a guy who has not seen the ice during a game in years. Sequestered in an out-of-the-way room, he watches several monitors and attacks a laptop computer with a vengeance, hoping that even one of myriad things that he sees can give the team an edge.
“All I’m doing is marking the entire game,” said Steve Peters, the Coyotes’ video coach. “Everything from all of our system play - from neutral-zone forechecks, (offensive-zone) forechecks, hits, goals, penalties, power plays - we’re marking anywhere from 600 to 800 different pieces of information during our game.
“I see probably more hockey than anybody here, but it’s always in a little room. . . . I’ve never seen the Coyotes play live for 15 years. I’ve never seen them play hockey. It’s frustrating.”
Peters’ calculations and data are pored over by the Coyotes coaches between periods, and it usually leads to adjustments as the game progresses. During the night, he also is in contact with coaches behind the bench and in the press box.
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