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07-18-2010, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Ice time means different things to different players. In Chicago the problem was not the amount of minutes that Hull, Mikita and Pilote received during the Rudy Pilous years but how the minutes were distributed.

I'll illustrate with the power play. The Hawks power play was potent when Hull, Mikita and Pilote were on at the same time. If only one or two of them played the power play it was significantly weaker.

Illustrating with the power play.If the power play with Hull, Mikita and Pilote ran long or the full two minutes, Pilous had serious problems. The next shift had to be played without Hull, Mikita or Pilote on the ice while they rested producing a net disadvantage to the Hawks since Hull and Mikita hardly ever played on the same line.Fringe shift. Next shift Pilote would then play with the Hull or the Mikita line followed by Hull or Mikita with the 3/4d-men pairing.
Interesting. In 61 when they won the cup, they had a strong 3rd line with former first liners Litzenberger & Sloan. However they traded Litz for inferior players & Sloan retired & hawks never had that depth again. Meanwhile Habs had a 3rd line of Provost/goyette/Pronovost and Johnson on D so they didn't have a depth problem.

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