SamJamIam Posted March 19, 2015 Share Posted March 19, 2015 I have read a lot on these boards recently about debatable healthy scratches (especially relating to Kassian and Kenins). There are worries that these scratches can be perceived as a slight against players, even more so when the game before their scratch they played well. Also, why is it generally some of our hardest playing guys who bring a physical element or battle hard along the boards that are getting scratched the most. Don't we need more of that type of play? Willie's latest post game after the win against the Flyers sheds some light on why he's doing this. He's using our bottom six depth to counter travel fatigue. This gives the Canucks a massive edge, because Willie has so much depth (thanks JB!) that he can field a fresher lineup on the average night than most teams. There are still times when we will have a hard schedule and come up against a rested team, but on average we are using our depth both in games with relatively even TOIs and between games with this rotation strategy. I also believe that this is why our top 6's production may be underwhelming to some but our bottom six is exceptional. First and second liners end up playing more of an endurance game as a result of this strategy. They still run the usual 82 game marathon but our 3rd and 4th liners get to play at a sprint, preying on less rested (and often less skilled) opposing bottom six lines. There is also talk of certain players being potentially discouraged by the scratches but I think people underestimate this locker room's attitude. We have very few guys who care about anything more than team success and when the team is doing this well, it's not hard to get players to buy in. Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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