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Sam Hitchcock's Archive

Maximizing Palat's Value

September 4, 2019 - 9:09 AM ET

Equality in hockey is indiscriminately playing one’s depth players regardless of how key the moment and not abridging the lineup or reshuffling minutes simply based on skill levels. The ramifications of this are especially salient when the stakes are heightened. When the Lightning faltered against...

How the Lightning Can Manipulate Space

September 11, 2019 - 8:24 AM ET

Playoff hockey is a battle for separation on the ice. With teams’ best players receiving more minutes and giving maximum effort, along with coaches scheming to the umpteenth degree, the ice becomes crowded. This is why being able to manipulate space is so important. The Bruins reached the Stanley...

Cirelli’s Potential Fit with Stamkos

September 18, 2019 - 8:00 AM ET

It is best not to kid ourselves. If Brayden Point misses the start of the season, there will be a yawning void in the Bolts’ lineup. There will be reverberations, and Steven Stamkos, the 1A to Point’s 1B, will surely feel the impact. This is why the Ondrej Palat-Steven Stamkos-Anthony Cirelli li...