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Too Much Tinkering?

Gerard Gallant is a huge proponent of the “ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. He’s proven it with his lineups over the course of the first 12 games of the season. Following the Golden Knights eight wins, Gallant has made a total of five changes to his line up. Three of the five were made to insert injured players back into the lineup.

Following the Golden Knights eight wins, Gallant has made a total of five changes to his lineup. Following the four losses, 12 changes were made.

Every time the Golden Knights have dropped a game, there has been at least one change to the lineup. One has to ask though if this is too much. Throughout the course of the first 12 games, only the “fourth” line and the Sbisa/Schmidt pairing has remained the same every game. It should come as no surprise that those five players have had some of the most consistent starts to the year.

A few of the changes were injury related, however, a majority were not. The decision to take Brad Hunt out of the game in New York in favor of Shea Theodore was a surprising one. As was the move to swap Cody Eakin and Erik Haula on the Golden Knights “top” line.

Who am I playing with tomorrow coach? (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Thus far, it’s tough to say the moves have paid off for Gallant. The Golden Knights have dropped two of the three games they’ve played following losses, and the most recent set of changes seemed to take some of the juice out of the Vegas attack.

The oddity in the “ain’t broke, don’t fix” theory is that a Gallant has acted as though a single loss means “it’s broke.” The team jumped out to an incredibly hot start, were getting all the bounces, and then ran into a roadblock against the Islanders. Changes were made, it got worse. More changes, even worse.

We’ll see what the lineup looks like in Ottawa tomorrow morning, but the best guess is more changes, hopefully this time the desired change in result comes with them.


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  1. TK

    McNabb still I need the lineup with his case of vaginitis.

    • Cappy

      Guys gotta be able to play no matter with whom they’re paired.

      Anything else is just making excuses.

      Yeah. Yeah. I know some pairs work better together but, as can be seen, guys get injured, so unless both manage to get injured at the same time, in the same way, and out for the same amount of time….

      The VKs aren’t alone in counting on their goalies to save their asses, but they’re relying way too much on the goalies to cover them while the d performs poorly. The goalie they’re playing in front of isn’t ready for this level, and doesn’t have what it takes to cover their lack of defense. Get McFlurry back and their game will improve because he’s an excellent goalie who’ll be covering their lousy asses again.

      With most teams, one will usually see the rest of the players step up their game when the #1 goalie is out, more so if they’re relying on a guy who-isn’t-quite-ready-for-prime-time.

      It’s still early in the season and the sky isn’t falling.

    • Cappy


      Hey, crotch-rot-that-migrated-to-what-should-be-a-brain:

      That word usage is uncalled for anywhere unless you are a medical professional, in the pharmaceutical business, or your girlfriend/wife is having a problem.

      Of course, if you’re talking to your buddies about her having that health issue, or are posting on social media about her having that health issue, you might soon find out you have an ex-girlfriend or ex-wife.

      Look up John and Lorena Bobbitt for more information.

      Take a clue from the stuff going on re: Weinstein and others. Knock off the female genital health comments. Unless you really are only 10, and just learned the word, you should know better. At the age of 10, you need to learn there are things you need not go on about anywhere.

      Sure, you can make any number of nasty comments to and about me in a reply, but that only would serve to make yourself look even more uncouth.

      Keep in mind, if you decide to continue being uncouth and ill-mannered regarding my comments to you, I’m four months shy of my 60th birthday. I’m most likely old enough to be your grandmother, if not at least your mother, although most men my sons’ ages would never start posting the word “vaginitis” online or even discussing it with anyone.

      Anything you want to say to me, say it to your mom or grandma first. See how well it goes over there.

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