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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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Overtime success can be difference between making, missing playoffs

Fraser discusses importance of puck possession, smart decision-making in extra period

by Curt Fraser / 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.

In this edition, Curt Fraser, who coached the Atlanta Thrashers for four seasons and served as an assistant with the New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars, discusses the importance of a smart approach to overtime.

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Adjustments, controlling emotions key to comebacks

Lacroix says setting attainable goals, belief system can help teams rally to victory

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 different ways a team can turn a game around when it's trailing.

 

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Ovechkin, Stamkos add wrinkle to power play

MacLean says Capitals, Lightning forwards have changed way NHL approaches man-advantage

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 week's edition, MacLean, former coach of the Ottawa Senators, looks at how power-play setups have changed in the past decade or so, allowing players like Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos and Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin to feast with the man-advantage.

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Choosing starting goalie multipronged decision

Marcoux says state of team, schedule can factor into who plays

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, explores the often-difficult decision of which goalie plays the next game.

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Coaching adjustments needed with new generation of players in NHL

Fraser discusses challenges in teaching lessons as compared to past

by Curt Fraser / 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.

In this edition, Curt Fraser, who coached the Atlanta Thrashers for four seasons and served as an assistant with the New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars, discusses the psychology of coaching the modern player.

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