Ovi is looking sharp, hopefully he will be as sharp on ice tonight!
What do you think about Ilya Nikulin's advice on giving Alex Ovechkin more ice time?
At first you think, oh well, what he knows about the NHL back there, in Russia. But when you think of it, there's a big chance more ice time can jump-start Ovechkin career again. That's what Sergei Fedorov always demanded, playing for Red Wings. Scotty Bowman balanced it with letting Fedorov playing both on power play and short-handed. As a result, Fedorov routinely could get more ice time than even most of defenceman. After Bowman left, Lewis cut Fedorov's time and that was unforgiven, Fedorov signed his next contract with Ducks.
Anyhow, I think Bruce Boudreau should experiment with playing Ovi in short-handed situations. First of all, Ovi will get more ice-time that can rejuvenate his career. Second, he will improve his defensive side of the game. Yeah, there's a chance he could get hurt by blocking shots, but if you don't want to take risks, don't fly.
Ovi, BB talk to media before the game in Winnipeg
I think about it all the time what I have to do differently [to score more goals]