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03-01-2013, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by No Team Needed View Post
Now that there are a lot more games played, it's clear that Therrien believes when it comes to minutes it should break down
Even Strength (F/A ratio: 1.50 for 2nd best)
1. Emelin (17:06)
2. Gorges (17:05)
3. Markov (16:16)
4. Cube (15:25)
5. Subban (14:58)
6. Diaz (14:56)

Short-Handed (PK: 82.9% for 13th)
1. Gorges (3:09)
2. Markov (2:42)
3. Emelin (2:32)
4. Diaz (2:08)
5. Cube (1:28)
6. Subban (0:53)

Power Play (PP: 19.6% for 11th)
1. Markov (5:06)
2. Subban (4:06)
3. Diaz (3:31)
4. Kaberle (3:02)
5. Cube (1:53)
6. Weber (1:21)

Nothing should change much on the ES minutes. We're only behind Chicago for the results. Subban is getting the second most minutes on the PP behind Markov and it's close to the Top 10, adding Ryder it should only get better. No need to change that either. The only possible change is the penalty kill where Diaz and Boullion are getting more minutes than him. Subban is an underrated penalty killer on the team.

In terms of TOI/G, Subban is now 4th at 19:58. Nobody on the team breaks 21 aside from Markov. The only adjustment there I'd make is giving Subban a little more penalty killing time.
The last paragraph says it all. Considering the visible slowing of Markov since the start of the season, wouldn't it be best to limit his TOI, to keep him fresher for the playoffs and give Subban more?

If this team goes .500 for the next ten games, a playoff spot is statistically safe. Better to have a more confident Subban and a rested Markov, no?

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