LOS ANGELES – It’s been less than a week since Randy Carlyle

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LOS ANGELES – It’s been less than a week since Randy Carlyle

Notapor carrie201918 » 12 Jul 2019, 05:31

LOS ANGELES – It’s been less than a week since Randy Carlyle was fired, but it’s evident already that Peter Horachek is doing things quite a bit differently from his predecessor. Communication. System. Deployment of personnel. Horachek has quickly engineered a few tweaks to the way the Maple Leafs are run, those changes a contrast to the manner in which things were done for nearly three seasons under Carlyle. “The guys are responding pretty well,” Horachek said after practice in El Segundo, California, about 20 minutes from where the Leafs will meet the Kings at the Staples Center on Monday night. “We’ve been positive and they’re in a good frame of mind right now.” The shift in communication between players and the head coach is stark. Carlyle ran the ship his way. Horachek, conversely, is looking to achieve much more of a two-way street. He’s not simply dictating to the group, but requesting their feedback and opinion. “I encourage them to voice their opinion and open up because most of the players were kind of quiet and they weren’t talking a lot [previously.] And I wanted to encourage them to speak and to be heard,” Horachek said. He’s also decided to have weekly meetings with Toronto’s leadership group, a collective that includes Dion Phaneuf, the three to four designated alternate captains and Jonathan Bernier. The plan is to address the events of the previous week, look ahead to the seven days that follow and even address the schedule and what time, for instance, to hold practice on the road. The idea behind the meetings is to institute ownership and make the players feel like they’re part of the decision-making process. Horachek remembers doing the same thing with Barry Trotz in Nashville and then again in Florida last season when he served as the teams interim head coach for 66 games. “I think he wants us to be involved and take charge,” Bernier said. Beyond the push for better communication are structural changes that actually affect events on the ice. Tyler Bozak observed that Horachek was pushing for more “puck possession” and the earliest results speak to that. Amongst the worst puck-possessing teams in the league under Carlyle, Toronto won possession fights with Washington and Columbus, holding both under the 30-shot plateau. The Blue Jackets, in fact, were limited to just 20 shots, rarely finding threatening positions to beat Bernier. The sample size of six periods isn’t much to go on, but given how frequently the Leafs leaned upon Bernier under Carlyle’s direction, how little they possessed the puck and how much they broke defensively, the two games are obviously an encouraging start. “I think we’re doing a lot more of the little things,” Phil Kessel said. “We’re playing [a] better two-way game, we’re not giving up as many shots and as many chances and when you do that, you’re going to win a lot of games.” Horachek wouldn’t deny his hurried attempts to change the product, pushing for less “cheating” toward offence and more structure in positioning in all three zones. Hes talked often already about a 5-5-5 approach, all five guys working cohesively together. Structure was evident in a thorough 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets, just the third victory in 11 games for the Leafs. “No, it’s different,” he said of systemic adjustments. “There’s some differences and there’s a difference in how we approach it and a difference in positioning. We want to keep focused on doing it together. It doesn’t matter what system you do, you can do any system you want, [but] if you don’t do it together it won’t work. If you do it together, it can work.” One adjustment has seen the Leafs alter their approach to defensive zone exits, an acknowledged aid in limiting opponents to fewer than 30 shots in four of the past five games. “We’re bumping pucks to the middle more than rimming it around the wall and it’s letting us get out of our zone cleaner,” Bozak said. Cleaner exits means less time spent hemmed in the defensive zone. Bernier, meanwhile, observed a push to have a tighter presence around the net. He noted how the wingers were playing lower in the defensive zone, not jumping out as far at opposing defenceman. “They want them to be really tight to the net, so I think it helps us to break the puck out easier,” he said. Systems aside, Carlyle never could achieve the necessary defensive commitment of the group. That was especially true of Kessel and some of the team’s top offensive weaponry, who sacrificed defence in the name of offence. Horachek dismissed the idea that those players were incapable of playing to a tighter brand. “Every guy in the world’s capable of doing that,” he said. “It’s all about how much you want to do that. We’re trying to pull everybody into the circle and everybody wants to be in the circle.” The chessboard has also been rearranged under his leadership. He’s replaced James van Riemsdyk with a safer element in Daniel Winnik on the team’s top line, keeping apart a threesome (Kessel and Tyler Bozak being the other two components) that was snowed under for most of the season. Richard Panik, who struck offensively in limited minutes, was pushed up from the fourth line and onto a unit with Nazem Kadri and James van Riemsdyk. And mostly sheltered under Carlyle’s direction, Morgan Rielly has seen his opportunity climb higher. The 20-year-old played a career-high of nearly 24 minutes in Horacheks debut, leading the team in even-strength ice-time versus Columbus. Change, simply put, has come quick with different leadership. And that was an expressed purpose of firing Carlyle. Brendan Shanahan said he wanted to get a look at the roster under a different coach and see if the results changed. Those results are still yet to be determined. The change? Well, that’s come quickly enough. “I think he’s been great for our group so far,” Kessel said of Horachek. “Obviously I think there’s a different feel. There’s obviously always a different feel when there’s a coaching change.” Hydro Flask 32 Oz Outlet . Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks were proof of that on Wednesday night. Hydro Flask Ombre Sale . -- Conner Bleackley got it done in regulation time and in the shootout. http://www.cheaphydroflaskireland.com/h ... utlet.html. "Back in 2011, when they announced that the game was coming here, we knew that it was going to be pretty important that we had a good year and hopefully could get into it, let alone win it, so I felt some pressure obviously within for sure," Taman said Monday, less than 24 hours after the Riders won the championship. Hydro Flask Ireland . Sizemore, who turned 29 on Jan. 4, has been limited to six games over the past two seasons because of an injured left knee that twice required surgery. 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He has been a huge part of this ballclub." Marcell Ozuna and Garrett Jones added back-to-back shots for Miami, which won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak from Aug. 16-19. Milwaukee lost for the 12th time in 13 games. Brad Penny (2-1) allowed two earned runs, four hits, three walks and struck out one batter in six innings -- the right-handers longest outing since Sept. 14, 2011. "I am a different guy now," Penny said. "I cant go out there and overpower hitters, and I dont need to try to." Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 33rd save. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo (8-9) allowed five earned runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings. "He just missed spots," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "Up in the zone, middle of the plate, with all of his pitches, really." The right-hander was 5-0 in his career against Miami. But he is 0-3 in his last four games after losing consecutive starts for the first time since May 3 and 9. "The ball was just up," Gallardo said. "Its been up in the zone. Thats basically it. You cant pitch at this level throwing the ball up in the zone." Miami, 8-21 in itss last 29 games against Milwaukee, kicked off a 10-game trip by scoring in each of the first three innings against Gallardo.dddddddddddd Ozuna led off the second with his 20th homer, a shot that bounced high off the scoreboard in centre field, to make it 2-2. Jones followed with his 14th homer to left, giving Miami back-to-back blasts for just the second time this season and first since April 25. Stantons homer to lead off the third tied his single-season best, set in 2012, and Jones added a run-scoring double later in the inning for a 6-2 Marlins lead. "They arent playing their best as of late, I noticed," Stanton said. "We cant be the team that turns them back around." DID YOU KNOW? Pennys last victory against Milwaukee came on May 23, 2007, when he pitched for the Dodgers. MOVE OVER SHEETS Gallardo passed Ben Sheets as the Brewers career strikeout leader when he whiffed Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the second. It was Gallardos 1,207th strikeout. ROAD WARRIORS After starting the season 3-15 in its first 18 road games, Miami is 27-23 away from home. That is the second-best road record in the National League since May 14. TRAINERS ROOM Marlins: Henderson Alvarez will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday and will start on Friday if all goes well, according to Redmond. Alvarez left the game on Sept. 1 because of a left oblique strain after throwing 40 pitches. Brewers: Carlos Gomez made his first start since Aug. 31, when he sprained his left wrist on a swing in San Francisco. UP NEXT Marlins: Tom Koehler (9-9) didnt enjoy his last start against Milwaukee. The right-hander gave up seven earned runs and nine hits in five innings of a 9-5 loss May 23 in Miami. 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