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Carlyle hiring a precursor to active off-season

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ downward spiral may have generated positive news with the hiring of head coach Randy Carlyle, replacing Ron Wilson after four years.

Fans should expect an adjustment period for the Leafs, however, as Carlyle will infuse a new brand of hockey compared to Wilson’s “run ‘n gun” tactics. Carlyle focuses on structured hockey and emphasizes on strong defensive play. If a player is careless without the puck and refuses to adapt to Carlyle’s system, that player will warm the bench. His brash approach ensures no non-sense and this could fit well with the developing Leafs---especially on the backend.

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With Weber Out With Concussion What’s Next for Preds?

 

After a loss to the Stars on the 23rd, the Preds went into the break with an extra loss on their record but nothing more. Then suddenly on the morning of the 26th with the predators set to host the Wings terrible news hit Pred nation. The captain and arguably best defenseman in the NHL would be sitting out the game with an undisclosed injury. After review of the game in Dallas, fans found what may have caused the now made known concussion. Fistric of the Stars hit Weber in the corner in the dying minutes of the game, while there was no suspension on the play; it seemed to have been an elbow that caused the injury.



In Weber’s absence, highly regarded pr...

Nashville’s own Kid Line

While many people in the hockey world know of the kid line in Edmonton featuring Jordna Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, there may be another one on the rise in Nashville.

Hornqvist, Smith and Wilson have combined to become Nashville’s top line since David  Legwand was injured two games ago and has performed quite well together in those games. While not as young as the Oilers line, the oldest of the trio is Hornqvist at 24, while both Smith and Wilson are 22.

While they aren’t exactly straight out of the draft, none have a ton of NHL experience, the most being Hornqvist who has played 202 regular season game and being in only his 3rd complete seaso...

Preds Losing Streak Shows serious Problems

 

Being a young team in NHL comes with its highs and lows, and the Predators have had a little of one and a lot of the other so far. After starting the season 2-0-0, with two wins against division rivals, the Predators have recently lost 4 in a row going 0-3-1 and giving up 16 goals in those loses.

The Predators decided this year to go through a youth movement while trying to match or better there great season last year. While all seemed good at the beginning, it has quickly turned sour for the Predators. While going on a 4 game losing streak at the beginning of the season is nothing new for the Preds who did it in 09-10, it is still something that you want to avoid, and ...

Will 2011-2012 Predators Offense have more bite?

Last season while a good year for the Predators, really showed what the team lacked and needed going forward to really be a serious cup contender. Many say that the Predators are just one top six forward away from that goal, and many fans hoped this offseason Poile would go out and grab one for the team. Unfortunately he has not done that yet, but has said that if the opportunity arises he will pull the trigger, but until than the team has what it has.

Last year the team ranked 21st in the NHL in goals per game and 22nd in total goals for the regular season. In the playoffs they had sufficient scoring against the Ducks, a team lacking defence and a goalie at the time, bu...