Hammer Time - 12/12/2012

Wednesday, 12.12.2012 / 2:30 PM PT
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Hammer Time - 12\/12\/2012


Our team is having a lot more fun now that we are winning compared to early in the season when we got off to a slow start. We began the month undefeated in regulation and it has helped us climb to the top of our division. Winning allows everyone to be more confident, energetic, and relaxed. It translates at practice, during games, and off the ice as well.

Either way, we always try to prepare the same way. Before each game, our coaches work hard to develop a game plan specific to the team we're playing. We watch video. We look at clips of their recent games and games that we played against them in the past. We go over their systems in each zone and their power play and penalty kill. We also look at their potential lineup and who their key players are.

We're about one-third of the way through the season and so far my favourite team to play is Providence. Providence is the Bruins farm team and my “little” brother is property of the Boston Bruins. Providence is also a division rival and is close to Worcester which makes our games even more competitive.

I'm not sure if many of you out there have seen it yet, but The Voice has become pretty popular with our squad. My housemate, Curt Gogol, and I get pumped up to watch it every Monday and Tuesday. The judges are good and there's a lot of talent this season. Fans should check it out.

Speaking of music, I should give a shout out to Tim Kennedy and Sena Acolatse, our DJ's in the locker room. Whatever they've been choosing of late has worked. They have great taste in music and play a good variety of stuff depending on the situation. They do a good job of picking the right music to play in pre-game or post-game.

Last year I was away from home for Christmas playing hockey at the World Juniors so I am somewhat used to being away at Christmas. This year, I will be able to spend some time with my parents. However, my brother will not be able to join us as he is going to Ufa in Russia to represent Canada at the World Juniors. So this year, we will be watching and cheering hard from across the Atlantic!

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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