from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- Weird stat: Minnesota is tied with Tampa Bay for allowing the fewest shots a night, at 27. Despite that, the Wild are 22nd in goals-against per game, 2.84. That rarely happens. Since the NHL opened up offence after the 2004-05 lockout, no team finishing first in fewest shots has been anywhere near that low in goals against. Only one other (Edmonton in 2005-06) was even out of the top 10, placing 12th. Four clubs — Detroit (2007-08), Chicago (2009-10), New Jersey (2010-11) and St. Louis (2011-12) — were best in both. In talking about it last week, you could sense Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher’s frustration, but he refused to say anything more biting than, “We need more saves.”
- Yzerman, asked if there were any Tampa weaknesses he’s worried about: “I prefer not to point them out to you.” You could see the smile, even on the phone. He’s optimistic and believes his young players are going in the right direction, but “we still have lots of work to do.”
- Another coach on the Flyers: “In addition to everything else, Craig Berube is trying to change the style they’ve been used to playing.” Ron Hextall confirmed that is true. “We’re not trying to be safe, but we are trying to be responsible. Keep the third man high on offence…don’t always try long bombs out of our zone.”
more with a lot of Leafs talk...