Razor With an Edge: Razor Wrote His Thoughts Down

Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 10:23 AM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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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”.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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