When the clock struck in overtime at 0:00, it was time for Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant to make difficult decisions. According to NHL rules, when a match comes into play, the home team has a choice whether to shoot first or second.
Somebody told me we were 63% when we were first in the lead when Fleury was online. So I like 63 better than the other chances. I could change it next game. But honestly, I turn it on for my career as a coach. I do not care. Some people will want to come first all the time, I think most teams, but I turn it off, I really do. -Gallant
Gallant reiterated that he does not think it's really important, so he somehow did not come along for the night.
When you score, there is an advantage (an advantage to go first). -Gallant
The Golden Knights participated in four shootouts this season and 11 in franchise history. They have won the first place four times and won only one of them. They are the second seven and have won five.
Four of them performed at home, where Gallant had a choice. He was selected for the first of three out of four quarters, winning only one, while choosing second place, which he also lost.
06.11.17 – @TOR – 2nd – Loss – Lagace
12/5 / 17 – ANA – 1st – Win – Subban
08.12.17 – @NSH – 2nd – Win – Subban
12 / 12/17 – AUTO – 1st – Loss – Fleury
3/10 / 18 – @BUF – 2nd – Win – Fleury
3/24/18 @COL – 1st – Loss – Fleury
4/3 / 18 – @VAN – 2nd – Win – Subban
10/6 / 18 – @MIN – 2nd – Win – Fleury
10/24/18 – VAN – 2nd – Loss – Fleury
2/5/19 – @TBL – 2nd – Win – Fleury
2/20 / 19 – BOS – 1st – Loss – Fleury
(I have to assume that 63% of Gallant speak in the course of Fleury's career.) But who has time Not me.)
I'm not sure when this was released, but according to one study, the first or second in the shootout was not statistically significant. At the time of the study. 50.5% of the teams that finished second won the win, barely an advantage.
Last night Gallant went with Brandon Pirri, William Karlsson, Alex Tuch, Jonathan Marchessault, Shea Theodore and Oscar Lindberg as his six marksmen. 19659007] I will let him explain the thought process to it.
We have a good idea before the game. But to be honest, if a man in the game looks really good, you may change your mind, or if someone in the game does not look or feel confident, you may change your mind, but you have a list of shooters.  (Said with a smile) They go through different types and feelings and sometimes it's a gut feeling. I'm sure people can look at the six we picked last night and say why this guy did not leave or that guy left. I will not tell you why.
Maybe some people do not want to go, maybe some guys do not feel comfortable when they take penalties. (Shrug) So that's part of it. -Gallant
He added that the results are significant and he is not afraid to change it.
Well, in the next game, maybe Cody Eakin will go because Cody was pretty good at Breakways this year. We will change it. Last night there were a few different guys like Lindberg. I like the way he's played lately, and he had some really nice goals, so give someone a chance. -Gallant
The last part of the puzzle is when to tell each shooter that he will leave. Gallant likes the last-minute approach.
I'll tell you just before they leave. I'll say it to the first shooter and it depends on who and when does not score. We do not make a list before the game. This is pretty fast. -Gallant
Shootouts are essentially meant for the second rate and no matter if a team loses in a shootout, there is much criticism. That was the case last night, which will be the case the next time the Golden Knights take on a game in a skill contest that the NHL considers necessary due to North American attachment phobia. Seven gunners are lined up. So we will do our best. -Gallant
May I not argue.
Well, I think you can … and probably will.