Gary Bettman

What we learned in the NHL over the past week of play

What we learned in the NHL over the past week of play

Lessons learned from the past week of play in the NHL:

What’s My Line? Coach John Stevens knows

Besides dispelling fears he’d be a defense-first (and second and third) clone of Darryl Sutter, the Kings’ coach has demonstrated a good feel for making in-game adjustments to create effective line combinations. Early last week he put Marian Gaborik alongside Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown and the trio thrived. Later in the week he put Kopitar between wingers Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli and got positive results. Stevens’ ability to read players’ energy levels and adjust accordingly has been crucial during the Kings’ league-best eight-game winning...

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