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PIERRE McGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

Jan. 09, 2012
Jan. 09, 2012

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Jan. 9, 2012

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
  • SI asked three SEC assistant coaches to break down the first LSU-Alabama game and analyze how the rematch will play out. Their conclusions? Another low-scoring affair, with a surprise ending

  • COMPILED BY Gene Menez

    FROM LSU COACH LES MILES'S RECORD IN GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER TO HOW MANY THREE-AND-OUTS ALABAMA'S DEFENSE HAS FORCED THIS SEASON, HERE's EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

TOM BRADY
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PIERRE McGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

When the Blues acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the Avalanche last season, most evaluators saw him as a throw-in for the trade that sent Erik Johnson, the first overall pick in 2006, to Colorado in return for power-forward-in-waiting Chris Stewart. But now most scouts and coaches view the 22-year-old Shattenkirk as perhaps the best player in the deal and a key force for the Blues going forward. It is not unfair to compare the former BU star with the recently retired Brian Rafalski.... It has taken some time, but the Capitals appear to be back on track under Dale Hunter, who took over as coach on Nov. 28. After beating the Sabres 3--1 last week, they had killed off 23 straight opposition power plays at home. The key to Washington's penalty kill has been an emphasis on quick changes for the forwards and pressuring the puck in all three zones.

This is an article from the Jan. 9, 2012 issue

PHOTOJANINE LEECH/ICON SMI (SHATTENKIRK)