How about Ryan Murphy playing 24 minutes in his NHL debut :O
Not like the pens where rookies gets 8 mins
He wouldn't have got those minutes under normal circumstances. Pitkanen and Gleason were both out and Bobby Sanguinetti went down in the 2nd which left them with only 5 D the rest of the way including a guy named Michal Jordan who played around 7 minutes.
Skinner is out too. Maybe Jordan Staal took some of the Pens terrible injury luck with him to Carolina.
I did some quick maths while watching Kovalchuks absolute absurd icetime.
If you compare Kovalchuks icetime with genos so far this season he have played about 5.5 more games of hockey. Seen over a full 82 game schedule that would add an additional 26 games.
Compared with sid he's played up towards 4 games more which would add up to some 19 games in a full season. And sid icetime is top 10 among forwards in the league.
I know that icetime and production is not a linear function but that is a hell lot more hockey and the law of averages would add quite a few points over those games. Yes Kovalchuk kills penalties but not that much really. He averages a bit under 2 minutes a game shorthanded.
Sucks even more that they came in here and beat us
Match-ups are such a weird thing. The Flyers suck against a lot of teams and then come in and play inspired hockey against us. We always play well against the Rangers but struggle against Flyers, Devils.