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Game notes: A steady game where he was largely successful, but I expected more. He looked hesitant to rush, to take on opposing d-men. His passing was a bit off. He had four shots on net but nothing too dangerous. His best moments came 3-on-3 in OT, where he made good plays at both ends of the ice. I tracked his Tarasov Numbers this game — his passes attempted to pass completed ratio, which the great Russian coach Anatoli Tarasov started tracking with his Red Army teams in the 1960s — and found he completed 22 out of 27 passes at even strength and four out of four on the power play. He dumped the puck in once and had two icings. Two of his passes were stretch passes. We’ll keep tracking this to see how he does over time.
Season notes: He’s in a mini-slump here, and got just 16:03 of playing time against Oskarshmn, down from his season average of 19:07. He’s -8 goals plus-minus in his last eight games. But he was still trusted enough to be played in OT.
Broberg of Skelleftea, 2, vs Djurdarden, 3, Nov. 16. Game Grade: 7
Shift notes: Early in the game, Broberg fanned on a pass under pressure and turned the puck over in his own zone. Next shift he wheeled with the puck and fired off a fine stretch pass that led to a Grade B chance. He then lost a board battle in the d-zone and allowed a pass into his own slot for a Grade B shot. He threw a hard hit into the boards, then took a pass and moved in for a hard outside shot on net. Early in the third, he did what I’d been hoping to see, pouncing on the puck in his own zone, stickhandling through two defenders in the n-zone, beating a d-man wide then taking it to his backhand on the goalie, only to be foiled in tight. A moment later, he came close to scoring again, putting a puck at net which a Skellfetea forward rammed on the goalie, with Broberg picking up the rebound in the high slot and wristing a hard shot that the goalie was lucky to save. Pinched in hard into the o-zone and kept the puck in. Made another strong rush, beating the d-man wide then setting up a Grade A slot shot. He rushed up the ice, but no one covered for him, and when his pass was picked off we saw a 3-on-2 go the other way, but no goal against.