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Organizational goalie depth proving critical this season

Marcoux says No. 3 goaltenders have stabilized teams while starter is out

by David Marcoux / 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. Jim Corsi, David Marcoux, Paul MacLean and Joe Mullen will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Marcoux, former goalie coach for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames, looks at the all-important goalie depth of NHL teams and how several organizational No. 3 goalies have been thrust into the spotlight this season.

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Standings at Thanksgiving may not be playoff indicator this season

MacLean says parity, abundance of young talent could shuffle races for postseason

by Paul MacLean / 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. Jim Corsi, David Marcoux, Paul MacLean and Joe Mullen will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, MacLean, former coach of the Ottawa Senators, looks at the recent mantra that the NHL standings at U.S. Thanksgiving usually provide a window as to which teams will advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In MacLean's mind, that might not be the case this season because of League-wide parity and the expanding pool of quality young talent throughout the 31 teams.

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Penalty kills using speed, pressure to disrupt power plays

Corsi says changes in personnel, strategy generating more shorthanded scoring

by Jim Corsi / 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. Jim Corsi, David Marcoux, Paul MacLean and Joe Mullen will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Corsi, the former goaltending coach of the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues, looks at the change in penalty-killing and a subsequent rise in shorthanded goals this season.

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Vasilevskiy, Quick among biggest early surprises

Former coach Marcoux looks at goaltending landscape month into season

by David Marcoux / 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. Jim Corsi, David Marcoux, Paul MacLean and Joe Mullen will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Marcoux, former goalie coach for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames, looks at the up and downs NHL goalies across the League experienced in the first month of the season.

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Offensive-zone pressure leading to more turnovers

MacLean says aggressive defensive system working for Penguins, Lightning, Kings

by Paul MacLean / 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. Jim Corsi, David Marcoux, Paul MacLean and Joe Mullen will take turns providing insight. 

In this edition, MacLean, former coach of the Ottawa Senators, explains how an aggressive defense in the offensive zone has played a significant role in the early season success of teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings and defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Rangers, Canadiens miss longtime mainstays on defense

Mullen says struggles of New York, Montreal tied to departed veteran presence in own zone

by Joe Mullen / 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. Jim Corsi, David Marcoux, Paul MacLean and Joe Mullen will take turns providing insight.

In this edition, Mullen, a former assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers and 2000 player inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame, talks about the early season struggles of the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens.

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Offensive-zone chaos leading to more goals

Corsi says unscripted attacking plays putting defenses under duress

by Jim Corsi / 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. Jim Corsi, David Marcoux, Paul MacLean and Joe Mullen will take turns providing insight. 

In this edition, Corsi, the former goaltending coach of the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues, explains a possible reason for the early-season surge in NHL scoring.

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