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Razor With an Edge: Razor Wrote His Thoughts Down

Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 11:23 AM / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: Razor Wrote His Thoughts Down
Razor With an Edge: Razor Wrote His Thoughts Down

Roy Has His Bearings

Patrick Roy is an NHL record tying 6-0 to start his NHL coaching career. All the other coaches that started with new teams this season are a combined 9-19

Oh Please, Canada

I get a kick out of Canadian fan-bases. Despite the fact a Canadian team hasn’t won the Cup since Montreal in 1993, they are filled with this charmingly delusional passion that has them believe their hometown team is about 60% better than the actual talent assembled and win/loss record.

Hello 5-Hole My Old Friend

There is enough evidence for me from the first 2 weeks of the regular season to prove that the league’s overdue decision to trim the pad height of goalie’s pads is having the desired effect. Pads were cut from 55% of distance between knee and hip, to 45%. Goaltenders had been able to just drop and trust that equipment had the 5-hole filled, but not so much any more. I’ve seen lots of guys staring at their gear as goal horns howl. Its not a lot but there is now about 2-5 inches more available to shooters – and the puck is 3”x 1”…so.

Artists vs Systems

Nice timing with Nail Yakupov being scratched by his coach and flogged by some media for comments about not finding play without the puck (ie ‘systems’) all that palatable to have legendary defenseman Bobby Orr, on the stump for his new book, Orr: My Story quoted during his interview on CBC stating, “I never heard of a system growing up. Imagine me playing in a system.” Ya, imagine the loss. I honestly feel for some of these young Russian forwards who just want to create and awe. I believe if hockey could abolish tracking and some d-zone coverage/shot blocking the results would be balletic and epic.

Teen Stars

They’re so dreamy, Leif Garrett, Justin Bieber, and Valeri Nichushkin. Val Nichushkin? Hockey-wise he is. And at the tender age of 18 (He won’t be 19 till March) Val is the youngest Dallas Star ever. The only other teen idols were Todd Harvey (19yrs 342 days) and Jamie Langenbrunner (19yrs 259 days). How do you say, “Tiger Beat” in Russian?

Siri-ously

Bet you didn’t know that the voice of Siri on Apple devices is the ex-wife of former NHL center Curt Bennett. Bennett went to Brown and played for the Blues, Rangers and Atlanta Flames. I asked Siri “Who is Curt Bennett” and her reply was, and I’m not making this up, “Did you mean, Curt Fraser”. Hussy.

Vulcanized Rubber Transfer Engineers

The Stars corp of defensemen, a group that returns 5 of the 6 who were here a year ago under the previous administration, has had a bit of a rocky start to the season - some more than others. New coach Lindy Ruff and assistant James Patrick want them to move the puck to the forwards quicker than in past, they call it, “Gettin’ it to them dirty”. At times in the first five games it’s looked to be more, “Get it near them sort of”, “Give it to the other guys instead”, “Get it to no one in particular” and “Get it to them only once they’re covered”. When the defenseman to forward transition game - dirty as it may be desired - cleans itself up, the Stars consistency and success will soar.

And in Closing…

I want the terms “diving” or “embellishing” when referring to players gesticulating wildly like their spine was just removed to get a penalty call, to once and for all, from this day forward, be changed to and announced boldly on the ref-mics as: “Player _____ is being booked for simulation”.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 50 10 24 2 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
S. Horcoff 60 8 13 3 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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