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Bad Line Changes

from Justin Bourne of The Athletic,

Last season, four teams finished with 15 bench minors (Minnesota, Nashville, Colorado and the Rangers), which was reasonably close to double that of the league average. That means over 82 games they’re handing the opposing team enough free power plays to concede about four extra goals a year (and about two more than your league average team), which could potentially cost a team a win or two over the course of a season. With playoff point races as tight as they are come April, line changes matter.

How is it that something like 200-plus times per season hockey teams mess up something so simple? These line changes happen dozens of times each period, are executed by well-paid professionals with well-paid coaches, and yet it seems impossible to avoid at least a few goof-ups a season. Where are things going wrong?

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