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Posted On Wednesday, 11.16.2011 / 2:25 PM

By Jeremy Roenick -  NHL Network Contributor /NHL.com - World According to JR

Roenick: OK with Lucic hit, thumbs down to 1-3-1

NHL analyst and former All-Star Jeremy Roenick will be penning a weekly blog for NHL.com this season. Look for new entries from "World According to JR" every Wednesday. Roenick will offer sharp, can't-miss opinions on What's Clicking and What's Missing in the National Hockey League.

There are two controversial issues in the National Hockey League this week and the general managers touched on both at their meeting in Toronto on Tuesday. Now it's my turn, so here are my thoughts on goalie protection and the 1-3-1:

What's clicking?

Milan Lucic
Left Wing - BOS
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 14
SOG: 33 | +/-: 6
Let's start with one of the more controversial issues in the NHL today, the Milan Lucic hit on Ryan Miller.

I don't mind the fact that Lucic didn't get a suspension. I'm a true believer in old-fashioned hockey and I do believe goalies should be protected, but they are protected in their blue paint, which is the no-touch zone. Yes, there is a rule that you can't run goaltenders, and yes, you have to protect goaltenders because there are only 60 in the League, but the goalies should also have to protect themselves.
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 12:04 PM

By Jeremy Roenick -  NHL Network Contributor /NHL.com - World According to JR

Stars, Oilers look strong in net; Leafs have issues

NHL analyst and former All-Star Jeremy Roenick will be penning a weekly blog for NHL.com this season. Look for new entries from, "World According to JR," every Wednesday. Roenick will offer sharp, can't-miss opinions on What's Clicking and What's Missing in the National Hockey League.

A surprising team that just continues to impress, a goalie on a mission, and a team with its own goaltending woes are all on my mind this week. Read on to see who and what I'm talking about:

What's clicking?

The most surprising team at this point in the season is the Dallas Stars. They went into Washington last night to play the Capitals, a team that hadn't lost in regulation at home since Feb. 25, and they dominated the hockey game. The Capitals didn't even have a chance to win because of the amount of mistakes they made, but also because of the pressure, hard work and consistency that Dallas again showed on the road. 
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Posted On Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 2:31 PM

By Jeremy Roenick -  NHL Network Contributor /NHL.com - World According to JR

Avery where he should be, Red Wings not so much

NHL analyst and former All-Star Jeremy Roenick will be penning a weekly blog for NHL.com this season. Look for new entries from the "World According to JR," every Wednesday. Roenick will offer sharp, can't-miss opinions on What's Clicking and What's Missing in the National Hockey League.

The Rangers recalled a guy who could and should help them, and the dynastic team in Hockeytown is going down an unfamiliar path. Read on to see what I think about Sean Avery and the Detroit Red Wings.
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Posted On Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 9:00 AM

By Jeremy Roenick -  NHL Network Contributor /NHL.com - World According to JR

Roenick: Neal, Kessel are players on a mission

NHL analyst and former All-Star Jeremy Roenick will be penning a weekly blog for NHL.com this season. Look for new entries from "The World According to JR" every Wednesday. Roenick will offer sharp, can't-miss opinions on What's Clicking and What's Missing in the National Hockey League.

I've got two players in mind who have impressed me and two teams that have totally fallen flat to start the season. Read on for my takes on what's clicking and what's missing in the NHL this week.
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Posted On Wednesday, 10.19.2011 / 5:10 PM

By Jeremy Roenick -  NHL Network Contributor /NHL.com - World According to JR

Roenick: Avalanche proving me wrong with fast start

NHL analyst and former All-Star Jeremy Roenick will be penning a weekly blog for NHL.com this season. Look for new entries from JR's blog, "World According to JR," every Wednesday afternoon. He'll offer sharp, can't-miss opinions on What's Clicking and What's Missing in the National Hockey League.

For my first NHL.com blog, I'm diving into the Western Conference to write about two teams that have caught my eye for far different reasons.

What's clicking?

I did not know what to expect from the Colorado Avalanche in the beginning of the year, especially after the way they finished last season. They had an atrocious second half of the season. I felt bad for coach Joe Sacco, who is a very good friend of mine, and gave his team zero chance to make the playoffs at the beginning of this season.

Semyon Varlamov
Goalie - COL
RECORD: 3-1-0
GAA: 2.17 | SVP: 0.938
Oh boy, did I make a big mistake. No team has played harder for their coach, and played within a system and a structure, as well as the Colorado Avalanche have in the first two weeks of the season. With the addition of Semyon Varlamov to give them a solid net presence, it's very impressive to see a whole team buying into the coach's mentality.

I'm glad they're making me eat my words.

The Avs are young, but they are experienced. They have kids that have been around. They started early and have been around for a couple of years, and because of that experience, they are getting it. They understand it. They know what to expect. And after the losing streak they went on last year, they don't take anything for granted.

To go on the road for five games and sweep is an amazing accomplishment for this team, but I know Sacco and the rest of the boys are not going to take this win streak for granted. They're going to understand why they won hockey games and also remember what happened to them at the end of last season, when they went 5-26-2 over their final 33 games.

That was embarrassing to them, and none of them want to go through that again.

I think they're going to do some great things this year, and it was unbeknownst to me in the beginning of the season because I was the lame brain who gave them zero chance. I like to be proven wrong, and they are proving me wrong.
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