The Underappreciated Art of the Faceoff

February 19, 2010 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Sharks center Scott Nichol doesn’t go home in the offseason and brag about his prowess in the faceoff circle … but he could. He’s leading the league in faceoff percentage for the second time in three seasons, with a slick 61 percent won.

“You don’t get on ESPN, that’s for sure,” Nichol told FanHouse with a laugh.

“It’s not something people talk about around the water cooler,” San Jose center and faceoff-standout Manny Malhotra said. “But it is an aspect of the game that, if you’re good at it, can help you win games.”

Taking faceoffs isn’t glamorous, true enough. It isn’t highlight-reel material. Great faceoff men don’t get big endorsement deals or win Hart Trophies unless they’re also top scorers. Goal scorers are rock stars, faceoff men are roadies.
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