Coach’s Hat Trick: Two Types of Defense Philosophies

When you’ve been involved in the game of hockey, you get to understand the nuances between systems or styles of play. That goes beyond saying so-and-so isn’t playing well or missed a check. And it certainly goes well beyond any stats you can find out there. Everyone knows the expression “playing the trap” but if you asked them to describe it, very few could actually do it, or fully get it. This is no knock on hockey fans, but it comes with years of playing, watching and studying the game. And that’s why NHL coaches are well ahead of any fan out there, whether they agree with it or not.

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Habs’ Fourth Line: Built For The Grind

As if creating the upset of the playoffs wasn’t enough by eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs after trailing the series 3-1, the Montreal Canadiens are looking at completing the sweep of their series against the Winnipeg Jets tonight. The Canadiens, who have yet to trail in any game in this series, have a 3-0 series lead over the Jets and can sweep the series at home tonight. Led by Carey Price in goal, the veterans of the team are leading the way, with the young guys following suit.

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