In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Another take on the Flyers’ handling of the Lightning’s “1-3-1″…Kyle Okposo’s poor start…Sergei Kostitsyn speaks about his former team…the NHL week that was…Other NHL defensive team system.
JEWELS FROM THE CROWN: “Quisp” offers up an opinion of the Flyers reaction to the Lightning’s “1-3-1″ system, and offers up suggestions on other ways to break that “trap”.
BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on the poor start to this season of NY Islanders forward Kyle Okposo.
INSIDE SMASHVILLE: On the eve of the Nashville Predators playing their 1,000th NHL regular season game against the Montreal Canadiens, Predators forward Sergei Kostitsyn talks about his time with the Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What’s revealing is that Kostitsyn noted the friendlier atmosphere on the Predators, and how approachable head coach Barry Trotz is with his players, unlike Montreal’s Jacques Martin, whom Kostitsyn said never speaks to his players. If you’re wondering why Trotz inspires loyalty from his players and brings out the best in them more often than not, Kostitsyn just explained one big reason for that.
GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker looks at the previous week in the NHL, including the performance of the Dallas Stars, whom she calls “the best team in hockey” despite their playing to largely empty seats in their home arena.
DOWN GOES BROWN: takes a humorous look at other notable NHL team defensive systems.