BigTed3 Posted January 6, 2012 Report Share Posted January 6, 2012 I disagree in benching Pacioretty. I am actually not a fun of benching at all. I am not convinced that Eller's 5pts game was the result of benching him a week ago. If you are going to coach with authority and bench the unproductive players, you ought to take no exemptions and bench the vets too. I think refocusing and motivating must be achieved through training and practicing. The solution of Pacioretty's slump is not benching by a coach, but coach convincing in playing harder (motivating) and explaining the players role in the team (refocusing). It's hard to say when a benching does and does not work. In Eller's case, he seems like a guy who works hard most nights and the same can be said for Pacioretty. Mostly, I thin a benching helps to wake up guys whose efforts are less consistent, but sometimes it can serve to just get a guy to clear his mind, watch a game from a different perspective, and get back to doing things the simple way. If you look at Pacman's game, he's going to the net a little less often than he was at the start of the year, but he's still getting scoring chances; it's just that a lot of his shots are going right into the goalie's chest. I think this is purely a matter of him over-thinking things instead of letting his skill come naturally and I agree with previous posters that a game in the press-box might help him. However, I wouldn't resort to that yet. Gionta's coming back next game, Gomez will be back shortly... I'd like to see Pacman have a chance to play with Gio (who he's had success with before) at the very least before sticking him in the stands, which is one reason I suggested Pacman-Pleks-Gio as a line going forward. When Gomez gets back, it would then be possible to play Scotty on the wing (which is where it seems the only place for him is right now) in Pacman's spot for a game if we still feel that's necessary. My other lines, as I stated before, would be Cammy-DD-Cole Moen-Eller-AK46 Darche-Noke-Blunden with White replacing Darche upon his return as well and Gomez taking the Noke or Blunden spot once everything settles down. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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