Is Putting Out Your Top Powerplay Up 8-3 Late on a 5 on 3 a Clown Move?

The other night, up 8-3 late in the third, Nashvilles head coach Peter Laviolette put out his top unit and head coach Barry Trotz was none too pleased. Do you blame him? There’s two arguments.

  1. Who cares? It’s the National Hockey League and should I care that we’re beating the wheels off of you? Shouldn’t the blame be on your team for letting the game get this way? On top of that, it never hurts to get some 5 on 3 practice in a live situation. I know teams practice their PP all the time but how often is it 5 on 3 and in a game that doesn’t matter, wouldn’t you want your best guys getting more reps?
  2. You are the scum of Earth. The game is put away, we’re trying to get out of this in one piece and I have to worry about Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi buzzing around right now? Why not put your fourth line out there, let them have some Power Play fun. Use guys that wouldn’t normally be on the PPer and let them have a go.

I wrote this thinking that I’d be on the side of showing some class but the more I think about it I’m alright with it. It’s the NHL not some PeeWee tournament where we have to worry about a bunch of 11 year olds crying. The Isles sit among the top teams in the league, maybe its not a terrible thing that your team gets brought down a notch, it might end up making them stronger in the long haul. I don’t know, what do you guys think?

Author: Ked

1st line thoughts with a 4th line heart. Hope you guys enjoy the site and let us know what we can do to make it better. ALWAYS remember-- When in doubt, glass and out.

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