It must be an analytic / match up thing against Philly's 4th line.... It definitely seems like an odd move, I for one have liked what I've seen from Mantha so far. I agree Jurco should be in the lineup but not so sure it's should be at Mantha's expense. We've won our last 2 (w/Mantha in), why shake things up?
What if they added a defenseman to the mix on a shootout? For example, the D-man stands on the opposite blue line and can’t chase until the puck is touched at center. This would add a level of back pressure and Kane would get crushed trying to pull that slow-mo BS he does. Just my $0.02.