TheCanadianDagger - (Bryan Lukeman)

Member since December 10, 2008

Calgary

Habs fan since: 1989
Favorite current player: Lars Eller/SUBBIE
All-time favorite player: Saku Koivu

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  • Comment on Liveblog: Ducks edge Canadiens on Saku Night (2014-12-18 20:28:17)
    Look at that, scored off a face-off win
  • Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 17:27:05)
    Hi jersey would be in a rafters in half the NHL buildings... but it's not that easy to do in MTL. Honour him and his number, yes; retire.... no. And he is my favorite Hab ever (never had the pleasure of watching the legends).
  • Comment on A letter from the Béliveau family (2014-12-18 17:11:04)
    I'm not saying the Habs would have won the Cup in 2006, or even would've made it to the finals... but man if Saku didn't take that high stick to the eye.... Kind of deja vu last year with losing Price. But up 2-0 in the series, still a tough pill to swallow.
  • Comment on Saku Koivu expects ‘awesome, emotional’ Bell Centre tribute (2014-12-17 16:15:35)
    I don't take offence, I'm not Kevin Weekes.
  • Comment on Saku Koivu expects ‘awesome, emotional’ Bell Centre tribute (2014-12-17 16:07:22)
    Kevin Weekes: 1. Goals scored off faceoffs We saw this last season at the start of the season too. We are seeing a lot of goals scored that are a direct result of a faceoff win. The reason is more teams now are running plays off the faceoff. One thing Dan Bylsma did when he was the coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins is he implemented a lot of faceoff plays. He spoke to Mike Tomlin, the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, about creating plays, player movement, and Bylsma got real creative with how he was doing it by putting players in motion off different faceoff situations. That became a big advantage for Pittsburgh. When you can go Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter down the middle, or Jordan Staal when he was there, that's a formative group of centers who are savvy at winning faceoffs. The Penguins were probably the first team that had all these different faceoff plays and they ran them in all three zones. It worked for them. Because faceoffs happen so quickly, teams can take advantage of the confusion by running plays off the draw. At the start of this season I'm seeing a high percentage of goals scored that are a direct result of faceoffs because more and more teams are being aggressive in terms of their approach and how they attack off a faceoff. I see them happening every night when I'm in the NHL Network studio. So teams are more aggressive in terms of how they attack, but the attack is aided by the fact teams are trying to adjust to different personnel, especially on defense. For example, the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line is different this season than it was last season. I think it's better, but it's different with new personnel and they are one of several teams trying to adjust to situations and learning how to read situations together. A faceoff is one of the tougher situations to read. With a faceoff you only have a split second to decide. It happens so quickly, so teams can take advantage of some indecision or confusion of teams trying to adjust to new personnel by running plays off the draw. Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean told me the biggest area in the Senators game this season has to be faceoffs for that very reason.
  • Comment on Eller, Weaver, Allen take part in Habs’ practice (2014-12-15 18:44:34)
    Faceoff wins don't matter. This is the stupidest thing put forward on this site ever.
  • Comment on Eller, Weaver, Allen take part in Habs’ practice (2014-12-15 18:32:19)
    Point proven.
  • Comment on Eller, Weaver, Allen take part in Habs’ practice (2014-12-15 18:31:01)
    Well look at them against each other, how does their goaltending stack up against the Habs? The defense? Forwards? By far they have the better talent... especially goaltending.
  • Comment on Eller, Weaver, Allen take part in Habs’ practice (2014-12-15 13:55:47)
    Men, Edmonton sure was quick to hire a new coach! Sure are maintaining hiring consistency. http://www.independentsportsnews.com/funny-sport-pictures/edmonton-hires-new-coach
  • Comment on Rookies Sekac, Andrighetto fitting in well with Canadiens (2014-12-15 13:04:23)
    Just because they haven't made a trade that ranks among the worst ever in the NHL doesn't mean they aren't that bad. They are bad, It's a circus. They haven't made any moves to make them better, and that's bad.