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Coaches, players must work out kinks with Stanley Cup Playoffs looming

MacLean says maintaining focus is crucial as regular season winds down

by Paul MacLean / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a weekly feature throughout the 2018-19 NHL season by one of four former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher.

In this edition, Paul MacLean, former coach of the Ottawa Senators, discusses if a playoff-bound team can change its identity and work out of a funk just three weeks before the start of the postseason.

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Defense key for teams with Stanley Cup Playoff aspirations

Nachbaur says coaches will stress responsible hockey, locking down opponent in stretch drive

by Don Nachbaur / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a weekly column by one of four former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. In this edition, Don Nachbaur, a former assistant with the Los Angeles Kings, discusses how teams trying to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and those hoping for a long postseason run turn their focus to refining defensive team play at this point in the regular season.

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Three goalies on roster provides challenge for Blue Jackets, Flyers

Coaches must find ways to manage workloads, keep each feeling like key part of team

by David Marcoux / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2018-19 NHL season by one of four former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. David Marcoux, Paul MacLean, Don Nachbaur and Gord Murphy will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Marcoux, former goalie coach for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames, examines the pros and cons of having a third goalie on a team's active roster for the final weeks of the regular season.

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Trade Deadline fallout presents big challenges for coaches

Murphy says changes to personnel impacts how staff goes about business

by Gord Murphy / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2018-19 NHL season by one of four former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. David Marcoux, Paul MacLean, Don Nachbaur and our latest addition, Gord Murphy, will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Murphy, a former assistant with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers, breaks down how coaches feel before and after the NHL Trade Deadline, which passed Monday.

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Blues' rise sparked by Berube's influence, Binnington's ascent

MacLean says St. Louis playing looser, thanks to confidence in rookie goalie

by Paul MacLean / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2018-19 NHL season by one of three former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. David Marcoux, Paul MacLean and Don Nachbaur will take turns providing insight.

In this week's edition, MacLean, former coach of the Ottawa Senators, breaks down the keys to the recent success of the St. Louis Blues, who have posted 11 consecutive victories, the longest winning streak in their history.

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Face-off execution imperative for teams as games become tighter

Nachbaur breaks down various strategy facets for draws in each zone

by Don Nachbaur / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a weekly column by one of three former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. In this edition, Don Nachbaur, a former assistant with the Los Angeles Kings, discusses the importance of face-offs and the different ways teams approach them.

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Flames face several challenges in transition to new No. 1 goalie

Marcoux discusses intricacies, issues of apparaent ascension of Rittich as starter

by David Marcoux / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2018-19 NHL season by one of two former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. David Marcoux and Paul MacLean will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Marcoux, former goalie coach for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames, examines what appears to be the transition to a new No. 1 goalie in Calgary.

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Staying focused key for Lightning, other top teams down stretch

Lacroix says coaches, players must maintain sense of urgency to prepare for playoffs

by Daniel Lacroix / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a weekly column by one of four former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher.

In this edition, Daniel Lacroix, a former assistant with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, discusses the challenges the Lightning might face though they are in first place in the League standings.

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NHL season midway point means teams face key decisions

MacLean says Trade Deadline, stretch run will bring plenty of intrigue

by Paul MacLean / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2018-19 NHL season by one of four former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. David Marcoux, Paul MacLean, Daniel Lacroix and Curt Fraser will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, MacLean, former coach of the Ottawa Senators, looks at the significance of the midway point of the NHL season and what the second half means for coaches and general managers.

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Improved puck-handling skills vital for goalies in today's faster game

Marcoux discusses key elements to quick breakouts

by David Marcoux / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2018-19 NHL season by one of four former NHL coaches and assistants who will turn their critical gaze to the game and explain it through the lens of a teacher. David Marcoux, Paul MacLean, Daniel Lacroix and Curt Fraser will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Marcoux, former goalie coach for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames, examines the importance of puck-handling skills for today's NHL goalies.

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