This whole business about "adapting" is really just a buzzword used by people who don't really understand what goes on in the dressing room of a professional hockey team.
It's not like coaches pull out the whiteboard between periods and start drawing x's and o's, saying things like "Okay guys, they're using the left wing lock on us, so we're going to switch to the flying chicken wing breakout, except for Manny's line who will use the one legged turkey trot!"
For the most part, coaches will say things like "Make sure you put pressure on their D and hit Kane every chance you get!" or "C'mon guys! We have to outwork them! Win some puck battles!" and the ever popular "Lets win this period!"
The real preparation is done in the film room and on the practice rink. One the puck drops for real, it's up to the players to execute.
I won't say that AV never makes mistakes. He does, as all coaches do. (Even those Gods Bylsma and Babacock) However, it would have taken a hybrid of Scotty Bowman, Toe Blake and Al Arbour to coach his way around the injuries to Hammer, Ehrhoff, Kesler, Juice and Hank...
I'm just curious.. how come it seems like the way some teams play that there are X and O type of changes from the coaches? In other sports like basketball I see the whiteboard and plays drawn up all the time. Coming off of timeouts sometimes players can get totally shut down after shooting the lights out which is likely due to a tactical adjustment. Also in 24/7 I saw Bylsma look at video during intermissions... that seems like an X and O type of thing to do. Also another thing I hear a lot is that coaches don't talk to their players but it seems like a lot of new school coaches or those that have changed like Hitchcock talk to players more. I'm just curious. I don't always buy that all coaches do/don't do certain things. I guess it's the same way with Gillis and GM's... some GM's have sleep programs, some don't. I have to admit I haven't been in a professional dressing room but I'm also guessing that each coach is different and there's different styles. Sometimes I feel AV can be 80% good but if he has potential to be 90% good then he should, whether or not other coaches do the same.