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Java on Ice: Breaking Down Ovechkin’s Defensive Play

Java on Ice: Breaking Down Ovechkin’s Defensive Play
Franklin Steele

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Every day we’re going to do our absolute best to bring you the top NHL reads from around the web.

Sometimes we’ll pull from larger sites like, but for the most part the goal will be to sort through dozens of posts from more mid-range sites so you can see some things that maybe wouldn’t have made it onto your radar normally. If you like what these sites do then give them a follow on Facebook or Twitter, and share the content that you love!

Hockey fans make up one of the best communities around, and in a lot of ways, we’re all in it together.

Without further delay… your top posts for March 12, 2015.

There’s this idea floating around that Alexander Ovechkin has improved his defensive play this season. Spenser Smallwood dives into that notion over at

When will Matt Murray be ready for NHL action? He’s been receiving a lot of press lately since setting a new AHL shutout streak record, but Joe Guzy at PensNation doesn’t see any reason to rush the netminder at this stage.

Erik Karlsson is reaping the rewards of a healthy Marc Methot. Trevor Shackles breaks it down for

At, Sarah McLellan writes that Kyle Chipchura is making the most of his second opportunity with the Arizona Coyotes. From the waiver wire to No. 1 center in one season.

Ty Anderson didn’t see a future for Ryan Spooner with the Boston Bruins a month ago. The 23-year-old has been outstanding since David Krejci’s injury though, creating a potentially tough choice for the coaching staff once the team is healthy. For

The best and worst moves from the NHL trade deadline according to Lyle Richardson at

Mike Richards was an important part of the L.A. Kings championship teams. Now he’s toiling in the AHL, waiting for a chance to get back to the bigs. What does he need to do to get there? Eric Roberts has a few ideas over at

Derek Neumeier and Huw Wales with some outstanding stuff over at The team’s top-20 prospects, ranked top to bottom.

An interesting post from Gerard Lionetti at on whether or not fans should actively cheer for their teams to lose.

Ever wonder how hockey players get ready for games throughout a day? Jason Mackey takes a peek behind the scenes of the Pittsburgh Penguins for The Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

And now for your moment of Zen…

Thanks a lot for spending part of your day with us here at Today’s Slapshot. Feel like we missed a great post from elsewhere? Feel free to leave it in the comments and we’ll check it out!

Java On Ice
Franklin Steele

Franklin Steele has been watching and playing hockey since the age of six. He’s written for a variety of NHL websites around the web, and now is the director of content and growth for A lot of folks say they are living the dream sarcastically. He is not among them. Feel free to email him or Tweet at him with any questions, comments or concerns.

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