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04-14-2013, 01:35 PM
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He didn't really limit Marleau's shifts against Columbus like he did Havlat-Thornton-Burns. Those guys got less than 11 minutes of ice time. Marleau was still over 16. Marleau simply wasn't double-shifted like he normally is. Thornton's line got flat-out benched. And while the line had two goals against, I didn't think outside of the two goals, they were really that bad nor deserving of a benching. Maybe it was an accumulation thing, I don't know.
I didn't catch the Boyle thing at the end of the Wings game but that's not out of the ordinary especially for a player like Boyle. He's a leader, he is vocal, and he won't sit on his hands when he has something to say.
If I had to guess on the JT/Burns/Havlat benching, it was turnovers more than defensive coverage. Since that time, JT has been more careful and more direct with the puck. That includes shooting more. It seems the coaches want puck to the net as soon after zone entry as possible. It can cut down on creativity. No passes across the blueline or from the sideboards to the high slot (high risk plays). It would also explain JT being combined with Wingels/Torres as they are rarely available for that kind of play with the way they play the game.
I have been watching Boyle at 5on5, and I imagine that if Robinson is serious about getting the puck up quickly that he is not enamored of Boyle doing his frequent rewinds. I have noted quite a few occasions recently where it isn't a line change and there is a forward open to advance where Boyle holds and starts over rather than passing. Just a guess.
I think the coaches know that the team has to get A LOT better at 5on5 for the playoffs if they don't want to be bounced early and quickly (eg 4-1 in the first round). JT and Boyle are key to that. There are no shootouts in the playoffs and there are more frequent 4on4 opportunities as the refs are more reluctant to give up PPs. 4on4 is another Sharks issue.
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