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New York Islanders Round Table: Deciding a Crunch Time 6

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07: HBO's Bill Simmons speaks onstage during "Ahead of the Curve - The Future of Sports Journalism" at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 7, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07: HBO's Bill Simmons speaks onstage during "Ahead of the Curve - The Future of Sports Journalism" at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 7, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 26: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders scores a second period goal against the Calgary Flames at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on February 26, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In our latest New York Islanders round table, we ask what your “crunch time 6” is. In the last minutes of a game seven, what six players should Barry Trotz toss over the boards?

Its the final minutes of game seven in the playoffs, the New York Islanders are down. With the faceoff in the offensive zone and the goalie pulled what six players should be jumping over the boards to tie up the game?

I, maybe just like you, listen to Bill Simmons a lot. Even though he rarely talks about hockey and always talks about basketball (a sport I don’t follow closely). But Bill has some great viewpoints on sports in general. One of these is what he calls his “crunch time 5”. Again, it’s a basketball thing, but I’m going to use it for hockey.

The idea behind the “crunch time 5” is who are your five best players. Who are the five players that should be trusted to be on the court when it matters most? Bill often uses it as a health check on a team. If that “crunch time 5” is poor then the team is also poor.

Now, take that and apply it to hockey. It doesn’t get more “crunch time” in the game of hockey then minutes from the end of game seven in the playoffs, the winning team is up by a single goal, and the losing team pulled their goalie. If the New York Islanders are the losing team, who should Barry Trotz lean on?

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