And how in the hell does Sydor get more ice time than Johnson??? Are you kidding me?
Respectfully – I don’t think a less than 45 second difference is much to get excited about when the guys are even strength partners. I had to listen to this game on the radio, so if they were split up often, please correct me.
Didn’t the Blues just have one power play (which would have boosted Johnson’s minutes)?
As for Pie, he is an inexperienced guy and on the third pairing on a team that wants wins. I think 14 minutes is pretty good at this stage of his career (10-12 NHL games). To quote Larry David: "Pretty good. Pretty pretty good."
The breakdown of those minutes tells me that the Blues’ focus as the game went on was to clamp down (thus the Polak pair minutes) and not ramp up the offense even further. That makes sense considering the way the game went. Once again, lack of power plays affects the minutes as well.
I’m not a Murray defender, but once you accept, right or wrong, we have who we have (meaning Sydor) I think the minutes make sense to me. I would like to see the blue chips play more sure, but I don’t think any of these minutes are unreasonable.