TORONTO | Claude Julien will make changes to his training for the third clash between its troops and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The coach of the Canadian has confirmed at his press conference daily Tuesday.
Will he be a defender of his third pair, or an attacker of his fourth trio ?
Jake Evans, Ryan Poehling, Charles Hudon, Christian Folin and Cale Fleury patiently wait their turn.
Or will he just mix the ingredients of the recipe to which it has not touched since the return to training of Max Domi, a week after the beginning of phase 3 of the return to play of the NHL during the pandemic ?
“The match is only tomorrow [today]. I have the whole day to think about it “, he simply said, recalling that Nick Suzuki and Phillip Danault were sometimes evolved with wingers different on Monday night.
If Julien wants to boost his attack, perhaps it would be to offer to Domi of the companions of the trio with whom he would have more affinity.
Since he has inserted between Dale Weise and Jordan Weal, Julien suggests that the defensive work of two W’s is a good complement to the deficiencies of Domi.
“This is not me coach, I do not dictate my playing time. I just want to help the team win. It doesn’t bother me who I play. I believe I can give even more, ” launched the number 13.
Why not with Drouin ?
Of course, Domi will not say openly that he would like to gaming partners able to support his ardor in enemy territory (there was a time that Weise would have been able to meet this criterion), but it would do him no harm to change the people around you.
Incidentally, during his remarks, Julien has defended well to limit his center player in a defensive role, stressing that it is part of its second wave of massive attack.
We understand the point, but it did not prevent the trio being limited to just four shots on goal in two matches. The four unchecked by Domi. Besides, they were only 33.3% of the time in the offensive zone.
Why not bring back Domi and Jonathan Drouin all, a formula that was successful during a good portion of the season 2018-2019 ?
A combination that had helped Domi to finish at the top of the pointers of the team.
Moreover, 61 of his 72 points were collected at equal forces. Drouin wrapped up the season with a harvest respectable 53 points.