Whether you approved or disapproved the line changes in last nights game against the Blackhawks, Michael Russo breaks down Wild’s head coach, Bruce Boudreau’s decisions.
Russo asked Boudrau about his decision to execute three line changes against the Blackhawks because he felt Parise and Staal needed a break after the tough game in Winnipeg.
Boudrau replied simply, “yes.” The move was seen as a preemptive strike. If Parise and Staal looked tired the night before, what would they have looked like in that game? He is very straightforward in his post-game interview with Russo.
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“After tonight’s game, I asked him point-blank if he executed three line changes against the Blackhawks solely because he felt he needed to break apart Zach Parise and Eric Staal after a tough game in Winnipeg.
He answered, “Yes.” You could tell he didn’t exactly love telling me the truth, but he did. And I’m glad he did because fans wanted to know why he would change three lines, and I guessed that it was a preemptive strike because if Parise and Staal looked tired the night before, what would they look like tonight?