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Posted On Friday, 04.12.2013 / 12:55 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

More faceoff plays leading to more goals off draws

There are way more goals being scored off faceoffs in the NHL than ever before.

The Carolina Hurricanes scored twice in the first period Tuesday and both were just seconds after one of the Staal brothers won a faceoff in the Pittsburgh Penguins' zone. The first was a power-play goal, and the second was a thing of beauty. Eric Staal won the faceoff back to his defenseman at the left point, Bobby Sanguinetti, who moved slightly to his right and snapped a shot through traffic for a goal.

Staal won the faceoff and moved to his right to provide a screen. The most underrated part of the whole play was forward Jiri Tlusty bumping Pittsburgh's Beau Bennett right after the draw -- this prevented him from getting out to cover Sanguinetti in time.

A lot of people talk about "puck-possession hockey," especially with the Detroit Red Wings intheir heyday. Well, it is pretty tough to play "puck-possession hockey" if you don't have the puck. It is up for grabs on a faceoff, and you either have it or you're chasing it.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 3:46 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Beat: Birthday Wishes

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 6:30 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Kevin's Krease: Deadline Goalie Deals

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 6:00 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes on Luongo staying in Vancouver

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Posted On Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 12:29 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Beat: Best Assists

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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 12:35 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Beat: NHL '94 anniversary

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Posted On Friday, 03.15.2013 / 12:34 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Kevins Krease: Top 5 goalie masks

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 12:33 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Beat: Fashion 101

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 9:54 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Beat: Top 5 hits this season

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Posted On Friday, 03.01.2013 / 4:40 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes' Beat: Hot and cold goalie duos

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Quote of the Day

It's a date that's been circled on my calendar, so it's kind of nice to have it here and get it over with (Thursday). This is a little bit of the closing of the book on the move. That's kind of how I'm looking at it.

— Stars forward Jason Spezza on returning to Ottawa for the first time to face the Senators