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Coaching Adjustments: Generating more offense

When the 2013 season came to a close, many focused on the defense and goaltending as the primary cause of the Flyers poor performance. With a forward-heavy depth chart, this is somewhat expected – right? The thing is, when the going got tough, the team struggled in pretty much all aspects of play; and if the defense was bad, the offense was atrocious. They fell out of contention when they posted a 5-6-2 record in the month of March with stretch of lackluster play that was brought on for a number of reasons, but it’s the offensive statistics were particularly …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Madison Bowey could be the next great Kelowna defenseman

Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, Luke Schenn, and Josh Gorges are some of the NHL’s most elite defenseman. They all have one thing in common: the Kelowna Rockets. Kelowna has been a recent factory for blueliners. With a track record of success for the rugged Rockets, NHL scouts have kept a keen eye on the defensive WHL powerhouse. It is hard not to get excited and create buzz for the next potential star. Madison Bowey fits the Kelowna mold carved out by the likes of Weber, Keith, Schenn, and Gorges. He is a powerful, two-way d-man with a high ceiling. Bowey’s …

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2013 IIHF World Championship – Quarterfinals – USA manhandles Russia, Canada is heading home

5/16/2013 Finland-Slovakia 4-3 Vaananen 1+0, 14:40 TOI Kukkonen 0+0, 9:06 TOI Radivojevic 0+1, 15:59 TOI Slovakia’s struggles against Finland continue. Despite being down by three, the Slovaks found a way to tie the game. Juhamatti Aaltonen had the go-ahead goal, which ultimately was the game-winning one. Team Slovakia had some chances throughout the game but were unable to capitalize on any of them. Finland survived the final power play and they will face Sweden on Saturday. Russia-USA 3-8 Bryzgalov 20 SA, 16 SV, 38:12 Carle 0+0, 19:19 TOI, +2 The most entertaining game of the day took place in Helsinki …

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2013 IIHF World Championship – Group battle ends

5/12/2013 USA-Germany 3-0 Carle 0+0, 18:33 TOI Noebels 0+0, 13:18 TOI The Americans won easily against Germany. They got off to an early lead with two goals scored by Butler and Stastny. Gionta added the last one in the third stanza. Gibson made 30 saves and earned his first shutout after letting only one goal against Finland. Canada-Czech Republic 2-1 Giroux 0+0, 17:46 TOI, 72.73% FO Read 0+0, 13:33 TOI, -1 Schenn 0+0, 7:55 TOI, 25 PIM Simmonds 1+0, 14:08 TOI, -1 Voracek 0+0, 17:25 TOI, 2 PIM, -1 The Czech team lost the last game before playing the crucial …

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2013 Year in Review: Brayden Schenn

When a team trades their captain, it is inevitable that a lot of pressure will be placed on the players that come back in return. Brayden Schenn has yet to play a full season in the National Hockey League, but it’s hard to believe it based on how high expectations are on the young forward to contribute. Starting last season with injuries before finally getting a chance to stick with the club, this lockout-shortened year was his first opportunity to play an NHL season from start to finish. Though he may have fallen short of becoming a reliable secondary scoring …