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October 13, 1989

October 13, 1989

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THE NHL

IMPROVED DIVISION OBSTACLE TO PLAYOFFS

The nightmare is over. That may be small consolation to a team desperate for success, but after a winter in which everything one could possibly imagine went wrong, that will have to do for the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets cleaned house this summer. And while they begin the season with a dozen familiar faces in the lineup, there is a new attitude and a new atmosphere surrounding the franchise which finished last in the talent-rich Smythe Division. New coach Bob Murdoch and assistants Alpo Suhonen and Clare Drake plan to take advantage of the Jets’ excellent speed and offensive skills, while imposing at least a small dose of defensive discipline. If the team buys it, the Jets can only get better. Their goal of 80 points, however, may not be enough to earn a…

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THE NHL

ALL-AROUND DEPTH KEY TO FLYERS’ SUCCESS

The Philadelphia Flyers will go into the 1989-90 season with the positive feelings gained from their drive to the Stanley Cup semifinals last spring. They are going to try and forget they were only a .500club through the regular season, and that they were struggling so furiously they had to make about a dozen personnel changes during the season. “I think it took us a long time to come together as a team,” said Flyers’ second-year coach Paul Holmgren. “Don’t forget, we had an entire new coaching staff, and a lot of question marks.” Strengths: In what must be an amazing turnaround, one of the club’s strengths is its defense. It was just a year ago that people were pointing at an aging Mark Howe and the fact Brad McCrimmon had been traded,…