*Buzzsaw* Posted April 1, 2015 Share Posted April 1, 2015 Obviously the Sedins are down in the total time played per game. And I think this is a combination of two things: - Willie D wants to have the twins rested and fresh for the playoffs - The Sedins, who were red hot at the beginning of March, are now starting to tire, WD can see this and knows this is the time to dial back. It's a perfect example of the difference in coaching style between WD and Torts. When things started to go bad for the Canucks and the Sedins last year, Torts got on the twins backs and played them more and more to the point they were dragging their butts around the ice. While things are obviously going much better for the Canucks and the Sedins this year... WD is smart enough to know 34 year old bodies can't do it for 82 games... and he is upping the ice time for all the other lines and reducing the Sedins time as we approach the playoffs. When the Sedins tail off in their production, as they have in the last 5-6 games, he dials back their ice time and balances the other line's time with theirs. At the same time is also gives the younger guys like Bo the opportunity to polish their games even more and get more of a sense of responsibility. And the Sedins are mature and smart enough to understand this is not an attack on them, but a good move for a better post season. All part of WD's coaching style... the guy may not be very articulate in a press conference, but he understands players and has a great ability to sense their level of energy and when and when not to make demands. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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