Re: S. Thornton
posted at 4/8/2014 5:34 PM EDT
In response to socca10's comment:
In response to mattbs' comment:
Listen.. I like ST and to me he plays his role perfectly in the regular season. He's tough, always gives 100%, hits, and fights the fights that takes the pressure off of a Lucic or Chara.
However, in the playoffs we don't need fighters so what do we have left from ST? Energy, effort and grit. My question is can we try someone in these last few games that has energy, effort, grit, speed and maybe can score a few goals? Isn't it worth a try? If it doesn't work bring back ST in the playoffs and at least he will be rested.
#1 in wins/points
#3 in goals per game (only .02 from #1)
#2 in goals against average (only .04 from #1)
#3 in PP %
#8 in PK (blame the German)
#1 in 5v5 goal differential
#2 winning % when scoring first
#3 winning % when trailing first
#1 when leading after 2 periods (95% win rate)
#6 winning % when outshooting their opponent
#1 winning % when being outshot by their opponent
...and you want to "rest" a 6-8 minute per game, 4th-line grinder who knows his role, relishes it, and won't ever complain about minutes or linemates or anything else...for more goals.
Let me ask you this: who would you play as the 4th line LW? I mean in the league? Brandon Bollig? Travis Moen? Brenden Morrow (who probably isn't a real 4th liner)?
There aren't that many 4th line LWs in the league who provide more scoring than Thornton. And I'm not saying he's a goal-scoring savant, but come on people. Why the ST crusade?!?
Resting can also mean healing. 8 minutes can include a fight where he punches a guy in the helmet numerous times or gets punched. Also I am not sure he is completely healed from damages incurred from previous fights. The best forward in providence can't play LW on the fourth line? We are not asking a forward to play goalie here.