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Greening: Holidays Are A Time For Family

Wednesday, 12.21.2011 / 9:18 AM ET
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Greening: Holidays Are A Time For Family

We’ve got a short Christmas break approaching at the end of this week and right now, guys are just making sure we play well up until those two days off. A lot of people use it as a benchmark. You’re almost halfway through the season and after you come back from Christmas holidays, you get that part of it out of your system. Everyone wants to spend time with their family and everyone wants to enjoy the holidays. So I think everyone just wants to make sure they’re playing well and have a good record going into the so-called second half of the season.

Our Christmas break is short, but we try to make the most of it by spending time with family (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images).
While we don’t have a lot of time away at Christmas, you try to make the most of it. We know the league schedule during the summer, so most guys are planning their Christmases as soon as it comes out. I know that’s what my family and I did. They’re up here now and we’re going to try to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day together as a family. My parents are up, and we’ll go visit my brother in Toronto, who lives there. You try to makes as many plans as you can and control what you can control.

It’s important to watch what you eat over the holidays, but you can always indulge yourself. I’m a big believer in it’s not about the wrong foods, it’s the wrong amounts. You can have your turkey and your stuffing and your fixins at Christmas dinner, but you can’t gorge yourself on it. That’s the biggest thing.

This is my first full season in the NHL and for me, I feel like it’s been so far, so good. There’s been some ups, there’s been some downs. It’s certainly a lot different than the AHL life. One of the biggest adjustments I’ve found was you don’t get too much of a mental break from it, whereas in the AHL, you play a lot of three games in three nights, but then you still get those four days off to practice.

When you’re at practice, you’re just there to work and you can kind of not worry about the games. The games are high stress and we’re travelling a lot more, so it’s definitely been an adjustment that way. But it’s been a blast for me. I’ve been able to play with great players and among the best players in the world, so it’s been a wonderful experience.

The AHL schedule is still a grind and it’s still tough in its own way. If I had to choose between the NHL and the AHL, I’d obviously choose the NHL for many reasons. But I guess the biggest one is to be able to play at this level. I’ve always wanted to do it and it’s always been a dream. And now it’s coming true.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
8 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 76 20 42 7 62
K. Turris 76 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 74 19 35 13 54
B. Ryan 72 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 73 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 74 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 56 14 14 -11 28
D. Legwand 74 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 70 11 15 -4 26
 
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C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02