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12-03-2008, 02:13 PM
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Faceoffs

3 Habs qualify on NHL.com in the faceoffs department.

Koivu 54.5%
Pleks 51.1%
Lang 46.0%

Why does Carbo continue to use Lang in Key situations. Koivu is 14th in the league and yet when they are both on the ice, Lang usually takes the draws.

I'm Baffled. What does he know that the stats don't show?

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3 Habs qualify on NHL.com in the faceoffs department.

Koivu 54.5%
Pleks 51.1%
Lang 46.0%

Why does Carbo continue to use Lang in Key situations. Koivu is 14th in the league and yet when they are both on the ice, Lang usually takes the draws.

I'm Baffled. What does he know that the stats don't show?
he is using reverse logic...weird...put in koivu as you best guy and if gets kicked out lang can cover... maybe the reverser makes more sense..dunno..

i didnt notice if the opposite centerman is right-handed or left-handed so cant comment on faceoff compatility

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Could it be that Lang goes up against the oppositions best faceoff men more than Koivu does?

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It depends on what side of the goalie the face off is being made. Basically a right handed face off man will send the puck in one direction while a left handed face off man will send it in another direction. This can come into play to get a shot right off the faceoff (see Latendresse's last goal. Right handed face off man sends it right to him, for a left handed centerman the same thing is harder.) At least that is my take on it.

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it also depends of the spot where the faceoff is taken !

because right handed/left handed faceoffs are quite different !

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I agree with the right vs left thing, but my problem is that I continue to see Lang taking key faceoffs. When the game is on the line you use your best faceoff guy no matter if he's left handed or right handed. Does Carolina use someone other than Brind'amour when the game is on the line even he he shoots the wrong way?

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I agree with the right vs left thing, but my problem is that I continue to see Lang taking key faceoffs. When the game is on the line you use your best faceoff guy no matter if he's left handed or right handed. Does Carolina use someone other than Brind'amour when the game is on the line even he he shoots the wrong way?
I am not watching Lang like a hawk, but I have noticed that when he is taking a key face off, he tends to win more then he loses.

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Like most have said already, one must factor in whether their opponent is left handed or right handed, if they are on their strong side or their weak side, if Lang is on his strong side, and so on so forth.

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3 Habs qualify on NHL.com in the faceoffs department.

Koivu 54.5%
Pleks 51.1%
Lang 46.0%

Why does Carbo continue to use Lang in Key situations. Koivu is 14th in the league and yet when they are both on the ice, Lang usually takes the draws.

I'm Baffled. What does he know that the stats don't show?
Check their other recent seasons. Koivu is very good, but Lang has been great at faceoffs. Carbo is playing the odds that Lang reverts to his career average. I'm not a Carbo supporter these days, but in this case, I think he's betting wisely.

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Montreal should attempt to make a trade for Manny Malholtra, and then all of our faceoff woes will disappear. im serious.

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