Ramblings – Stacking the Power Play, Hopeless in the Desert, Kuemper, Talbot, Markstrom and more (Oct 29)



I don't believe in stacking the top PP unit with your best guys, once it's clear that your power play is not in the NHL's Top 10. Take the Toronto Maple Leafs, for example. If Auston Matthews, John Tavares, William Nylander, Morgan Rielly and Mitch Marner sit you in 28th place in the league for PP efficiency – then stop stacking the top unit! Picture Matthews and Nylander with Michael Bunting. And then Tavares and Marner with Jason Spezza. Double up Rielly and have Jake Muzzin and Rasmus Sandin rotate in. Have Pierre Engvall get the odd sniff too. Give each unit half the PP time. Keep both units fresh and both units are equal threats to score. Under the current scenario, not only are there too many cooks in the kitchen, but after playing 1:45 of PP time before the second unit comes out – those top players are exhausted. Under the second scenario, each unit out there for around 1:00, the first unit out there (could be either one) will be fresh to hit the ice after the PP is over. Later in the season, if you want to try stacking again, give it a whirl. But if the power play isn't working and you're stacking it with your top players for 1:45 – make some changes! I used Toronto as an example, but the Rangers do it too – and the Rangers rank 29th. Split the top unit into two equal units!



Stan Bowman stepped down as GM of Chicago. Joel Quenneville stepped down as Head Coach of Florida. Today, you will probably see that Kevin Cheveldayoff will step down as GM of Winnipeg. The impact of the Kyle Beach investigation is far-reaching, and rightly-so. Right now, though, Brad Aldrich is sitting at home with his wife and kids (as far as