Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/06/12 at 04:41 PM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
• What’s wrong with San Jose? Here’s an idea. The Sharks have an internal saying: “Play to three.” Basically, it’s a belief that if they score three goals, there’s no excuse to lose. On Jan. 7, they beat Washington 5-2, running their record to 20-1-2 in those games. They are 4-7-1 since.
• Before his injury, Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said the danger of the “play to three” philosophy is that a team can switch from a defensive mindset (“let’s prevent another team from getting there”) to an offensive one (“let’s get there first”). When they were in Toronto, he showed players video of cheating on defence, or gliding when an extra stride would make a bigger difference in getting somewhere. San Jose won that night, but is 1-4 since.
• How badly did Chicago need another defenceman to help Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook? Johnny Oduya played a season-high 25 minutes 25 seconds Sunday in Detroit.
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