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Jets' revamped defense coming up big

Zettler says unsung group key component of Winnipeg's success

by Rob Zettler / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 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, Rob Zettler, Rob Cookson and Randy Carlyle will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Rob Zettler, former assistant with the San Jose Sharks, writes about the Winnipeg Jets' defense and how it has stayed strong despite massive offseason changes.

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Canadiens, Maple Leafs struggling without viable backup goalie

Marcoux says Montreal, Toronto having issues filling toughest job in hockey

by David Marcoux / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 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, Rob Zettler, Rob Cookson and Randy Carlyle will take turns providing insight. 

In this edition, Marcoux, former goaltending coach for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames, looks at the value of having a strong backup goalie. 

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Game day routine crucial for coaches, player

Cookson goes over long, busy schedule assistants follow before puck drop

by Rob Cookson / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 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. Rob Zettler, Rob Cookson, Randy Carlyle and David Marcoux will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Cookson, a former assistant with the Ottawa Senators and the Calgary Flames and video coach with the Philadelphia Flyers, talks about what a typical home game day is like for the coaches.

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Lightning can benefit from difficult start this season

Carlyle says lessons learned from adversity can be applied during Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Randy Carlyle / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 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. Paul MacLean, Rob Zettler, Rob Cookson and Randy Carlyle will take turns providing insight. 

In this edition, Carlyle, winner of the Norris Trophy voted as best defenseman in the NHL in 1980-81 and former coach of the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs, discusses the path of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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NHL coaches must strike balance when using analytics

Zettler says statistics should bolster message, not overwhelm players

by Rob Zettler / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 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. Paul MacLean, Rob Zettler, Rob Cookson and Randy Carlyle will take turns providing insight. 

In this edition, former San Jose Sharks assistant Rob Zettler writes about the ways coaches use analytics, how much, how often and why. He examines how the numbers can have a positive impact and warns against overusing them.

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Global Series can benefit Lightning, Sabres all season

MacLean says trip to Stockholm, extra practice time a positive for Tampa Bay, Buffalo

by Paul MacLean / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 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. Paul MacLean, Rob Zettler, Rob Cookson and Randy Carlyle will take turns providing insight. 

In this edition, Paul MacLean, former coach of the Ottawa Senators, checks in from Stockholm, where he is conducting coaching clinics in conjunction with the 2019 NHL Global Series, where the Tampa Bay Lighting will play the Buffalo Sabres at Ericsson Globe on Friday (2 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, NHL.TV) and Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, SUN, MSG-B, NHL.TV).

MacLean examines how the trip could have long-term positive impacts for each team.

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Offense ahead of defense in transition off rush early in NHL season

Cookson says structure, communication vital in shutting down speed through neutral zone

by Rob Cookson / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 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. Paul MacLean, Rob Zettler, Rob Cookson and Randy Carlyle will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Cookson, a former video coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and assistant with the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames, examines the early-season increase of offense off rush plays and teams' troubles defending against it.

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Avalanche will be tested without Rantanen

Carlyle says Colorado must cope, continue to move ahead with injured forward sidelined

by Randy Carlyle / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 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. Paul MacLean, Rob Zettler, Rob Cookson and Randy Carlyle will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Carlyle, winner of the 1980-81 Norris Trophy voted as top defenseman in the NHL and former coach of the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs, examines the fast start of the Colorado Avalanche.

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Sabres, Oilers, Ducks winning more after improving defensively

Zettler says new coaches focused on cutting goals against with positive results

by Rob Zettler / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 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. Paul MacLean, Rob Zettler, Rob Cookson and Randy Carlyle will take turns providing insight. 

In this edition, Zettler, former assistant with the San Jose Sharks, breaks down what coaches look for, evaluate, analyze and work on to cut down on goals against.

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Goals, crazy comebacks getting to be the norm in October

MacLean believes loosey-goosey hockey results from players looking for fast start coming out of training camp

by Paul MacLean / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2019-20 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. Paul MacLean, Rob Zettler, Rob Cookson and Randy Carlyle will take turns providing insight. 

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