IanMoran wrote:The Pens obviously play a very high-energy, taxing type of game.
I've seen criticisms that HCDB's style causes the Pens to fade away towards the end of the season and then collapse in the playoffs.
The only playoffs this didn't happen would be the year he didn't coach the entire time. With the shortened season could this year bring similar results?
I'm not even really convinced of this theory, but just a thought I had and wondered how others felt?
I don't buy the theory in general for the skaters. During the Olympic year the schedule was compressed, and we went 7-6 in the playoffs with some terrible bounces and inconsistant goaltending. Although the sample space is small, there might have been a benefit for MAF. However, simply having TV on the roster probably mitigated most of that. MAF missed large portions of the regular season in both years we reached the SCF, and was fairly well rested come playoff time. Last year, he played nearly every March and April game and was attrocious in the playoffs. I've been accused of being a MAF apologist in the past, but I think his regualr season workload is very closely tied to his post-season capability.