We have great balance, and hopefully these guys get back soon, but the one thing MT seems to have done well this year, is distribute ice time very well.......as to who is on what line, it's a pleasant problem guys...if we get healthy, and the TOI is split, no one should be worn down come playoff time...
So many ingredients for a successful playoff run (incl. some luck)...important for a coach to plan ahead so as not to tire out before the playoffs.
Example: I want to see Subban, Gorges, Markov get a bit less in ice-time...save it all for playoffs. They can play more when it really counts...let's count on our depth right now (Emelin, Bouillon, Tinordi,etc).
What a great problem to have!! can't remember the last time we had this kind of depth for FORWARDS (all thanks to the maturity of Gallagher and Galchenyuk).
As a GM or coach of the Habs...I'd insist that Bourque and Prust take their time
(and it does make sense for them to wait a bit more...we're winning...we want a 100% fresh Bourque and 100% Prust....I want them to be ready/fresh for the playoffs).
Last thing I want:
for Prust to separate a shoulder during or right before playoffs.
For Bourque to get another concussion or more symptoms. Let them rest longer...I don't want them to comeback right now...tell them to take their time. Bourque, Prust, Diaz...they really should take their time...it'll be worth it to come back a 100% instead of 75% or 80% only.
We had this whole debate last year with Markov. Plenty of people wanted him to stay out for the remainder of the season because they were afraid of another injury. The thinking was the longer he rested, the healthier he'd be. Luckily, he came back, got a few games under his belt with the Habs and then played almost half a season in Russia. He was amazing when the season started because he'd been playing.
Once Prust and Bourque's bodies are 100% healed they need to get back in game shape without delay. They need to play in order to be effective in the playoffs. Assuming they're ready next week, I'd love to see them against the Pens and Bruins. Expect Bourque to be a bit rusty, however.