Do Teams Wait Too Long to Pull the Goalie?
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09-27-2012, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by
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I don't think those line structures are very optimal. Assuming two defenseman, something sensible would be:
First wave: 2 first liners + 1 second liner + 1 third liner (presumably a guy who can make space down low)
Second wave: 1 first liner + 2 second liners + 1 third liner
And if the team has puck possession the entire time, some players might even be able to stay out there the whole time.
Using a team like the Devils, this would equate to:
1st: Kovalchuk, Zajac, Zubrus, Sykora + Greene, Zidlicky
2nd: Henrique, Elias, Clarkson, Josefson + Larsson, Fayne
There's no significant drop off there.
I agree that if you're going to pull the goalie for 3 minutes, it would be ideal to spread the wealth more.
But then you can't assume that the 6-on-5 scoring rates we observe when teams do put out all their best players for 1 minute can be extrapolated over 2-3 minutes!
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