Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby The Frugal Gourmet » Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:43 pm

That is the first time in human history that phrase has ever been uttered.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Dat1guy » Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:44 pm

Knives Out wrote:Tonight on a very special episode of Stars Hockey, the team says goodbye to Dave Strader ...


Had to quote it because it got bottom-of-the-paged.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby ScubaSteve » Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:59 pm

Previously, on Dallas Stars Hockey:

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Knives Out » Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:08 pm

Tyler and Jamie accidentally break Coach Hitchcock's favourite crystal fish head bucket,
And try to replace it with hilarious consequences before Hitch can notice ...

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby wonko80 » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:54 pm

"Where's tonight's lineup card?" a furious Hitchcock demands. The rest of the episode is spent with the players trying to come up with ways to gently tell him it's stuck in one of his chins.


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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Jason » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:11 pm

A lot of matchups that can be used with Hanzal now in the fold. Spezza can be moved to wing at times in games.
Best comparison to use is for $900k more then Eakin they get a far superior player. They can use Faksa and Hanzal at the end of the games. Hanzal and Faksa will be fixtures of the #1 and #2 PK

Hanzal can even be used in the playoffs just to take faceoffs then go leave the ice, like how the Ducks did with Vermette in the playoffs vs the Oilers.


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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby ScubaSteve » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:13 pm

Didn't Hitch say he was going to make Seguin kill penalties?
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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby B Kat » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:14 pm

Good, he should.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Knives Out » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:14 pm

LOL he was willing to say anything to get the job.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Jason » Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:55 pm

On defense stats
Dark red = Awful, Light Red Below Average, white is average, Light Blue is good, Dark Blue = Great

This is shots allowed while on the ice in their own zone 5 on 5 only.
Honka's stats defensively are good in limited time.

Honka on the Ice

Without Honka on the Ice

Klingberg on ice

Hamhuis on ice

Lindell on ice

Johns on ice

Others
Oleksiak
Nemeth


Oduya on Stars

Jordie Benn on Stars
Stars without Jordie Benn on ice
Stars were way better without Jordie Benn on the ice.

Jordie Benn In Montreal On the Ice
Jordie Benn In Montreal Not on the ice
Montreal was better without Jordie Benn on the ice

Methot in Ottawa
Without Methot on the ice

From some other teams.
Lindholm (Ducks)
Doughty
Kings without Doughty

Cam Fowler on ice
Ducks without Cam Fowler on ice


Seabrook
Chicago without Seabrook on ice.
Chicago is way better without Seabrook on the ice. Seabrook also drags down Keith's stats when he plays with him.

With Hjalmarsson
Without Hjalmarsson on the ice
Chicago's defense drops off a lot without Hjalmarsson on the Ice, so it's good he's in Arizona now.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Knives Out » Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:00 am

"Could you hold on a minute, Jason? I've got Honka on the ice. Thanks."

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby SaintAngerBH » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:09 pm

Six years ago, Ken Hitchcock, coach of the Kamloops Blazers, a junior team in Canada's Western Hockey League, weighed 476 pounds and was a slave to his body. While rival coaches planned their power-play strategy, he worked on entering arenas when he couldn't squeeze through the turnstiles. Once, after a player inadvertently knocked him down, he crawled back to the bench, on his hands and knees. He had to. He couldn't get up.


"He's been a good coach for a number of years," said Dallas defenseman Darryl Sydor, who played for him in Kamloops. "But as an NHL team, your coach can't be that big."



http://articles.latimes.com/1996-03-29/sports/sp-52635_1_dallas-star-coach-hitchcock

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Jason » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:11 pm

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Various coaching things
The power play should also take a nice step forward with Stu Barnes, and I think it won’t be so rigid and stuck in it’s ways (for example there won’t be a drop pass on every zone entry).


Another case for seven defenders — from my understanding Rick Wilson likes to set his six defenders, have them win their roles and then he doesn’t make many changes. There won’t be constant in-and-out of the lineup, so the disappointment and brooding of two unhappy defenders could have a negative impact on the locker room.


The biggest change is going to be on defense, where there will be more discipline and a more refined attention to detail. Ideally you won’t see defenders taking foolish takeout slides on a 2-on-1 (which was a Lindy Ruff staple) and defenders will be smarter about when and when not to join the play.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby The Frugal Gourmet » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:35 pm

Sounds like a whole lot of wishful thinking.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Knives Out » Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:55 am

Jordie used to pinch so often that he was basically a third defenceman for the other team.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby ScubaSteve » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:32 am

You know what, Hitch talks a great game. His interview with the Hardline yesterday was excellent, in spite of Mike and Corby. Hitch has insightful and interesting things to say about the game, the team, and the organization, far beyond the usual boring coach sound bytes. And I find myself getting sucked in every time I listen to him.

Whether or not any of that translate into wins remains to be seen, but at the very least the press conferences will be an improvement from last year.
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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby The Frugal Gourmet » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:40 am

ScubaSteve wrote:You know what, Hitch talks a great game. His interview with the Hardline yesterday was excellent, in spite of Mike and Corby. Hitch has insightful and interesting things to say about the game, the team, and the organization, far beyond the usual boring coach sound bytes. And I find myself getting sucked in every time I listen to him.

Whether or not any of that translate into wins remains to be seen, but at the very least the press conferences will be an improvement from last year.


That's what I was saying when we got him. He was awesome at that, and breaking down the game, explaining it, etc.. and I really loved that about him. He could actually be a really great analyst.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby SaintAngerBH » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:42 am

Except for the fact that he would be eating the entire broadcast....
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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

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Hitchcock: We could be very good. This team was third in the league in players winning draws on their natural side, and we're going to use that aspect. We should have situations where we have a lefty and a righty, and that should help us. You have to start with the puck, so faceoffs will be really important to us.


On defenseman
Both Rick and I are firm on the fact we don't want to use the rotation. We don't think that's the right way to do things. Now whether we carry seven or eight is irrelevant for me, what is relevant is if we're happy with the six, they're staying in there.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby SaintAngerBH » Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:58 pm

That's what I want to hear. That rotation nonsense was stupid.
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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Knives Out » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:57 pm

It still hasn't been fixed yet though LOL.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Jason » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:15 pm

All the blue around the net is a huge improvement. Sure it's just three games.



This was last season's chart.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Jason » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:01 pm

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Bishop’s rebound control also does wonders for the defensive psyche, particularly on the penalty kill, where the goalie has done a nice job of snuffing out second-chance opportunities before they happen.


Let’s start with the penalty kill, which has been both more aggressive and structured at the same time.

The Stars have opened up the forecheck on the penalty kill with their faster forwards, allowing players like Tyler Pitlick, Mattias Janmark, and Remi Elie to aggressively pursue the puck in the offensive and neutral zones. That’s led to turnovers by the opponent, while it’s also led to some frustrations for opponents on zone entries.

When the opposing team does set up on the power play the Stars have done a better job of reading passing lanes and allowing their goalie to see shots.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Jason » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:01 pm

Stars have the 3rd best PP (28.57%) and PK (88.89%).
Stars allow the fewest shots per game and average the fourth most shots per game.

Ruff is coaching the Rangers PK and Defense. They have 1 win in 8 games, have the worst PK (73.33%) and tied for the most goals allowed.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby SaintAngerBH » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:07 pm

Hm. I'm thinking that this is not a coincidence.
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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby ToddM » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:19 pm

Yeah, we've got our problems, but special teams hasn't been one of them. Like, at all.

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby Troy McClure » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:40 am

The most awesome thing about an awesome PK and PP is it gives you leave to cheat and get away with it while also making your opponent afraid to cross the line against you. It’s like putting the league on easy mode.
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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby wonko80 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:03 am

Jason wrote:Ruff is coaching the Rangers PK and Defense. They have 1 win in 8 games, have the worst PK (73.33%) and tied for the most goals allowed.

He doesn't even have the Bad Goalie Excuse to use there. I haven't seen a Rangers game,but I assume the defensive system is to skate around like chickens with their heads cut off (assuming chickens can skate).

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Re: Ken Hitchcock hired to coach the Stars

Postby The Frugal Gourmet » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:56 pm

I'll bet the Stars great PK and PP is just an illusion because they've played shitty teams this year.

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