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Can the Nashville Predators' tradition of faceoff specialists help the power play?

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One of the hallmarks of Nashville Predators teams in recent years has been the presence of some of the game's best faceoff specialists. Might this provide a cure for their power play woes?

It's Good To Be Home

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Thanks to emailer Chris for another article inspiration: I was telling my friend that hockey is one of the few [the only?] sports where the rules state that the home team gets an advantage -- line...

Quick Draw Artists

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There's nothing like the pivotal moments late in an NHL game, where each rush up ice is met with hope and dread, depending on the rooting interest of the fans watching. Sometimes, the deciding...

21st Century Hockey Analysis Begins

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It's late in the game, you need a goal, and there's a key faceoff coming up in the offensive zone. You need to get a shot on net right away, but who are you going to send out to take the draw?...

Team by Team numbers for offensive zone faceoffs

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As a followup to yesterday's article on offensive-zone faceoffs, here's a look at the team-by-team numbers.Again, the criteria here is an offensive zone faceoff that results in a shot within 5...

Who Needs Help in the Faceoff Circle

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Today's feature comes via the prompting of David, a reader of this blog who noted to me in an email that "it seems that teams on the power play seem to win face-offs most of the time. I figured it...

Nashville & Detroit, deep inside the faceoff circle

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This Predators/Red Wings series is shaping up to be a real struggle no matter which team ends up winning; Nashville can claim momentum heading into Game 5, but Detroit has two games at home in what...

Drop the puck, already!

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The opening faceoff of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals is mere hours away, so it's the right time to take a look at how Detroit and Pittsburgh match up in the faceoff circle, and how that might shape...

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