The overrated value of a faceoff

Cam Charron
August 01 2011 09:23AM


Every so often, an analyst will talk about how a certain player deserved a "three star" nominee because he won two or three big faceoffs. Even more so often a coach will send out two centremen in a high-leverage situation to win a key, late draw. The question is whether this tactic has a tangible value.

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Ask Larry Gordon

August 01 2011 08:40AM

Every once in a long while everything comes together and magic happens. Law & Order, The Simpsons, the Rolling Stones, Jill Hennessey's parents. Once in a long while chemistry, the Gods and Darwin get it just right.

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The Odd Couple

July 30 2011 07:13AM

Craig MacTavish and Rob Schremp have spent much of this summer on the outside looking in. One of them appears to have landed gainful employment. The other is still job hunting. For both men, the last several years have been a series of highs and lows.

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July 29 2011 06:24PM

The Los Angeles Kings have filed a grievance with the NHL in regard to Colin Fraser's health at the time of the Ryan Smyth trade.

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Eric Belanger, Job Stealer

Jonathan Willis
July 29 2011 04:28PM

When it comes to the Oilers’ centre depth chart, it’s easy to forget about Eric Belanger, who the organization added via free agency this summer. Shawn Horcoff had something of a bounce-back year playing with the kids, Sam Gagner’s till quite young and of course Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ debut is highly anticipated. Add it all up and there seems to be little room for Belanger, who some have slotted for fourth-line duty.

I think Belanger’s going to surprise.

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