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Long layoff in playoffs provides unique coaching challenges

Balance between recovery, game plan implementation paramount during postseason

by David Marcoux / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs 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 goaltending coach for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames, provides some insight into what goes on when teams have a substantial break between playoff rounds.

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Capitals, Blue Jackets morphing game plans as series progresses

Mullen says penalty kill, defensive-zone play has already changed as Game 4 approaches

by Joe Mullen / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs 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 who scored 502 NHL goals, writes about what he has seen through the first three games of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Washington Capitals.

 

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Flyers paying big price for mistakes against Penguins in playoffs

Corsi says Philadelphia must cut down on turnovers, breakdowns, penalties to win series

by Jim Corsi / Special to NHL.com

The Coaches Room is a regular feature throughout the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs 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, writes about the eastern Conference First Round between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins and how attention to detail is making all the difference.

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Tension, attention to detail heighten in playoffs

Corsi believes keeping players loose helps increase focus, concentration

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, writes about preparing for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the attention to detail it takes and the intensity it requires in what is always such an emotional environment.

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Time management for goalies imperative down stretch

Marcoux says ability to rest, revitalize starter in playoff chase can make difference

by David Marcoux / Special to NHL.com

To play or to rest your starting goalie down the stretch is no small question for most NHL teams as they plan for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Much goes into managing those minutes.

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Panthers, Avalanche making late playoff push

MacLean says franchise players, coaches driving their teams toward return to 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, takes a look at two of the hottest teams in the NHL, the Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. With less than three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Panthers and Avalanche are vying to make the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs after missing the postseason a year ago, a testament to Florida coach Bob Boughner and Colorado coach Jared Bednar.

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Ovechkin, Laine, Malkin among Richard Trophy favorites

Mullen, who scored 502 NHL goals before coaching, makes pick from six leading candidates

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 who scored 502 NHL goals, handicaps the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy.

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Goaltenders need skill sets that coordinate with team defense

Corsi says chemistry is key to shutting down unscripted scoring chances

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 how goaltending and team defense have evolved and why it's so important the goalie and the players in front of him work together to defend the unscripted ways teams are scoring.

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NHL teams putting resources toward goalie depth, development

Marcoux stresses importance of capable backups

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, takes us through the ins and outs of building goaltending depth, an area that's undergoing a lot of changes with NHL teams.

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Karlsson wants chance to win Cup with Senators

Former coach MacLean says defenseman loves Ottawa but not afraid of moving on

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 uncertain future of Sens' captain Erik Karlsson. Will he be traded? Will he be re-signed or will he part ways with Ottawa when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019? Whatever happens, Karlsson's impact on the Senators franchise can't be emphasized enough.

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