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Drew's Thought of the Day - 10/31/2013

Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 5:25 PM
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / Great White Bites
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Drew\'s Thought of the Day - 10\/31\/2013

It starts right after a game and goes right up until the next game. It's the work that the coaches put in breaking down video, scouting opponents and putting into detail what will help carry the Sharks to success.

I will give you the play-by-play:

The team has just boarded the plane for the trip back to San Jose after a tough loss in Los Angeles.
Before the equipment is loaded into the cargo bay, Todd McLellan, Larry Robinson, Jay Woodcroft, Jim Johnson, Wayne Thomas and Brett Heimlich have their individual computers out watching video.

They all watch the scoring chances for and against from the game they just coached. They will also watch for plays both good (foundation plays) and bad (breakdowns) that need to be highlighted and corrected before the next game.

The next step for the respective coaches is to go to work getting ready for the next opponent. Larry Robinson may be scouting the next game while Jim Johnson is analyzing the special teams. While that is happening Jay Woodcroft is scouting the first game of the opponent a game away.

Depending on the schedule, the coaches try to scout a minimum of two games of an upcoming opponent. Very often because of their work ethic they get in three or four games.

Tomorrow morning the coaches will meet early, (before 7AM) and as a group breakdown the scoring chances and tendencies in the previous night's game.

Collectively they will discuss highs, lows, good plays, bad plays and top performers and players that need some extra time with the coaches in order to meet performance expectations. It is important that they do this together, so that everyone is on the same page.

In other words, the players are being held accountable, but in a very honest and positive, "we're all in this to get better" approach.

After the video they practice plan and head out on the ice and put the guys through a fast paced, intelligent skate. Once again, focusing on getting better, everyone on the same page, let's keep pushing forward mentality.

This tireless work ethic and dedication is not uncommon amongst NHL coaching staffs. In "The Show" the coaching staffs are at the top of their game like the players.

What is uncommon from the Sharks perspective is the fun this particular coaching staff has working with each other and the way they process/share information amongst each other and with the players.

I have been privy to the laughs, jokes and good natured chirping that goes on between them. But with the jocularity is a high level of respect for each other, a passion to succeed and a deep love of the game.

So as the Sharks enjoy one of the best starts in franchise history, let's remember to pat the coaches on the back for a job well done....and trust me their continuing on the job right now.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 49 25 18 9 43
L. Couture 49 18 25 4 43
J. Thornton 45 10 29 0 39
B. Burns 49 11 25 -5 36
P. Marleau 49 10 25 -8 35
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
T. Hertl 49 8 11 -1 19
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
M. Vlasic 48 6 10 15 16
J. Sheppard 43 5 10 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 11 5 .911 2.58
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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