Thread: Brian Gionta
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04-14-2013, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Blind Gardien View Post
Gionta has been ok this year and all. I certainly want to keep him around. But if I had to nitpick anything, I guess I'd say that the way some of our young players have come on, I'm not sold on Gionta getting 18+ minutes per night or the top PP assignments. I'd still give him good ice and PP time... but just maybe phase him back in the rotation gradually. Maybe that's already sort of happening. And obviously you couldn't have done it out of the gate, not knowing how some of the other players were going to emerge. But now... I don't think he's better than some guys who get less ice. No biggie, though.
Assuming 6 minutes each of PP and PK time, 48 minutes ES

Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta
15 minutes ES

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
12 minutes ES

Eller-Galchenyuk-Ryder
12 minutes ES

Prust-Halpern-Moen
9 minutes ES

Power Play 3 minutes each
Galchenyuk-Plekanec-Ryder
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher

Penalty Kill 2 minutes each
Plekanec-Moen
Eller-Gionta
Halpern-Prust

Total minutes for forwards 174 minutes
20 Plekanec
17 Gionta
15 Bourque
15 Desharnais
15 Galchenyuk
15 Ryder
15 Pacioretty
15 Gallagher
14 Eller
11 Prust
11 Halpern
11 Moen

Agreed, Gionta does not need to play PP

Also, late in the game to protect a lead, Eller can replace Bourque on the top defensive line, and basically just play the Plekanec and Halpern lines for the last three minutes of a one-goal game (two shifts each of 45 seconds).

If down a goal late, go with the three scoring lines only, subbing Prust in for anyone not having a good game, if applicable.

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