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Hammer Time - 12/12/2012

Wednesday, 12.12.2012 / 5:30 PM
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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
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2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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