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Eleven noteworthy lists to celebrate 11/11/11

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 10:58 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com Staff

In honor of the novelty that is 11/11/11 here are 11 lists of 11 noteworthy things in hockey in three writers' opinions -- and often not of the same opinion.

Anze Kopitar
Center - LAK
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 12 | PTS: 20
SOG: 47 | +/-: 0
11 best players taken No. 11 in the Draft
1. Jarome Iginla (1995)
2. Anze Kopitar (2005)
3. Brad Marsh (1978)
4. Mike Ramsey (1979)
5. Ivan Boldirev (1969)
6. Jeff Carter (2003)
7. Brian Rolston (1991)
8. Mike Sillinger (1989)
9. Jonathan Bernier (2006)
10. Randy Moller (1981)
11. Jeff Friesen (1994)
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At 1,000-game mark, Preds' Trotz reflects on career

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 8:37 PM / NHL Insider

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In his very first professional coaching gig, Barry Trotz followed close behind Terry Murray as coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks, then the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

On Saturday, both men will coach their 1,000th game -- Murray with the Los Angeles Kings after stints with Washington, Philadelphia and Florida, and Trotz for the Nashville Predators.

"They did the odds of that happening were 10 trillion to one," Trotz said during an appearance Thursday night on "The NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman."
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Lidstrom starts 20th season on torrid scoring pace

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 6:17 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

  1. DETROIT -- Nicklas Lidstrom is way too experienced to let himself believe the goal-scoring pace he's currently on will last for most, if not all, of the regular season.

It just doesn't happen that way for defensemen, regardless of their skill level -- and Lidstrom is arguably the most skilled to ever patrol the blue line. After potting 4 goals in as many games, Lidstrom now has 6 goals in 13 games and is Detroit's second-leading goal scorer -- on pace to score a whopping 36 goals.

Even the usually-stoic Red Wings captain had to laugh at that figure when told about it after Thursday's practice at Joe Louis Arena.

"I know it's not going to happen like that," he told NHL.com, while chuckling. "I'm not going to score every other game, but … "
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Facing old team a new experience for Burns, Setoguchi

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 6:10 PM / NHL Insider

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- For Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and Wild forward Devin Setoguchi, the shock of getting traded for each other as part of a blockbuster deal on Draft Night is over.

Now comes the next step in what has been an emotional transition for both Burns and Setoguchi after parting ways with the only NHL organizations they had ever played for: Both players will face their former teams Thursday night at HP Pavilion for the first time since they were traded.

Another pair of players who traded places this summer -- Minnesota forward Dany Heatley and San Jose forward Martin Havlat -- will also face their former teams for the first time. But both of them have been through this drill multiple times; each is with his fourth NHL team.

For Burns and Setoguchi, facing their old team is a new experience.
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Hockey world reacts to Flyers, Lightning tactics

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 4:20 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher defended his team's tactics Thursday, while reaction to the Lightning's 2-1 victory Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers poured in from around the NHL.

The Lightning primarily have deployed a 1-3-1 defensive system since Boucher was named coach before last season. Philadelphia decided the best way to beat it, or at least to force Tampa Bay out of the compact, neutral-zone clogging alignment, was similar to stalling in basketball -- a Flyers defenseman held onto the puck in his own end instead of trying to advance it, hoping the Lightning players would grow frustrated and start chasing the puck.

Flyers players lashed out at the Lightning's unwillingness to pursue the puck, and many in the hockey community have expressed opinions about the contest.
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Winnipeg survives road trip in fairly good shape

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 2:52 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets dined well on their seven-game road trip through the Eastern Conference, but they still returned home hungry.

The Jets collected eight of a possible 14 points on the 3-2-2 trip, their longest journey of the season, including wins over the Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers and New York Islanders. Winnipeg concluded the 13-day trek on Tuesday evening with a 6-5 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

"It was long," goaltender Ondrej Pavelec said. "Two weeks. But I enjoyed it. I like to be on the road. Overall, it was a good road trip."
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Trotz a model of constancy as milestone approaches

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 11:40 AM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- After his playing career ended, Barry Trotz began settling into a life after hockey, but he had not completely cut the cord. He was 22 and acting as an assistant coach at the University of Manitoba, where he had spent his final playing days, and working his way up the corporate ladder at a billion-dollar computer company as a part-timer.

Then came the call.

It represented the pull of home, but also the opportunity to jump in with both feet into a career in hockey. The Dauphin Kings, a Tier II junior team in Manitoba for which Trotz had once played in his hometown of 8,000, needed a coach and general manager. The club was in debt and was looking for a young person with local ties to hire on the cheap.
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Sharks' Burns eager to face former club

Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 7:26 PM / NHL Insider

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Brett Burns, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi will have no trouble recognizing their opponents Thursday night when the Minnesota Wild visit San Jose.

Burns was a member of the Wild until being dealt to San Jose on June 24 for a package of players that included Setoguchi. Ten days later, Heatley went from San Jose to Minnesota for Martin Havlat in a one-for-one swap.

The Wild won their fifth in a row by winning 3-0 in Calgary on Tuesday, then flew to San Jose and worked out there on Wednesday. At 8-3-3, they are second to Edmonton in the Northwest Division; the Sharks, 8-4-1 after Monday's 4-2 win against Los Angeles, are second in the Pacific.

Burns, for one, is eager for a chance to face the team with which he spent eight seasons after being drafted in the first round in 2003.
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Hurricanes amazed, reflect on Ground Zero visit

Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 6:24 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Jamie McBain was in Spanish class at Shattuck-St. Mary's School when he first heard of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Eric Staal was at the billet of one of his American-born teammates with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. Brian Boucher was in the dressing room with his Philadelphia Flyers teammates on the first day of training camp.

Everyone has a story, a memory of where they were on that day. For members of the Carolina Hurricanes, Wednesday was a day to remember the 9/11 attacks, but also to see how far Ground Zero has come.

The Hurricanes toured the World Trade Center site, complete with a ride to the top of 1 World Trade Center and a stroll through the recently opened 9/11 Memorial.
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Boudreau makes Capitals feel the agony of defeat

Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 3:22 PM / NHL Insider
What do you get after a three-goal loss on home ice? If you're the Washington Capitals, you get the wrath of Bruce Boudreau.

The coach put his players through a grueling, two-hour-long practice at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, about 13 hours after losing 5-2 to the Dallas Stars. Players were down on the ice catching their breath as Boudreau made them skate four sets of suicides in front of the gathered media.
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