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02-15-2012, 10:46 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
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RC.. you play AK 5 min last game, tonight Eller plays 5 minutes...
Why the **** don't you reunite them instead of making them and the team suffer.
Not playing the right way, whatever that means.
I really don't know what Randy is thinking. The Eller and Subban scratch at the beginning of his tenure was probably a big clue about how he's not really that good at evaluating players. Calling Plekanec a third line center was the second.
He followed that by throwing Eller against first lines and benching him when he can't handle it, benching Subban against Detroit (I don't care if we won that game 7-2, that was just stupid. I think that benching was also because of a penalty and Subban was having a good game outside of that, we actually got outshot the whole time he was benched during that game), putting Gomez and AK together despite the fact that it never ever works, benching AK last game for giveways while Kaberle doesn't hear a thing on his huge giveaway to Staal. And I'm probably forgetting a couple of things.
It's like he coaches while watching l'Antichambre and reading message boards.
Benching a player during the 2nd and giving him a chance to prove himself during the 3rd would at least make sense. I don't agree with benching a player for an accidental penalty (especially if said player is playing just fine) but there is at least some logic (bad logic but whatever) behind that.
But benching Eller almost the whole 2nd and 3rd periods and then sending him in the SO as the last shooter is just stupid. Eller is a player who I think should have been used there since the beginning of the season since he's actually quite good at these things but putting him there tonight after benching 2nd-3rd+OT doesn't make sense. The SO isn't where a player in the doghouse should get the chance to prove himself to his coach, especially not a young develloping player. Except if Randy thinks the SO has something to do with "playing the right way" during games and not a skills comp. Then what? If you score you get 15+ min next game, if you don't healthy scratch? Stupid.
Anyway good third period, almost came back. I took us a while to get going but that was a pretty exciting game in the end. I liked Randy going with 3F and 1D in OT, I would have prefered Subban or Gorges over Diaz but that was a pretty good idea. Or if you go with Diaz, have Plek in you F. Darche is on fire since being put with Plekanec. Wich kind of make sense, last year he wasn't a crash and bang classic 4th liner but more of a soft minutes offensive producer. I was kind of surprised to see him do so well in tough minutes with Plekanec but if I remember well, last year, he was the only one except Pacioretty who worked with Gio and Gomez (minutes not as tough but still not super easy).
Pacioretty is now 4th in the league in ES goals, 7th in the league in Shots on goal.
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