Never understood the strategy of creating a line to "shut down" an opposing teams top line; when said line will not produce any offence at all. This just means youre wasting 20 minutes of the game not scoring. If the other team's top line scores just once, youre basically starting a 2 period game down 1-0.
What is their to understand? That line has killed us. Create a line to stop them, any scoring from our guys on that line is a bonus. That line has some speed and some grit, I like the move a lot. Someone has to be in Johnson's mug all night. I have a feeling it may be Glendening's turn to take that role.
So the whole idea of "shutdown" line worked very well from 2007-2013 when Zetterberg was the designated shutdown forward. (Against Getzlaf, Riberio, Crosby, Malkin, Toews, and many others)
1. Because he had the ability to shutdown opposing teams top line.
2. Because his possession was insane to where his line would create offense and score (a lot).
Now I get the idea of Glendenning not being ideal for shutdown because:
1. While he can "shutdown" top line opposition..
2. He has terrible possession and can't generate offense.
Having said all that we don't really have much of a choice because:
1. We don't have a prime Zetterberg type shutdown forward (or a Toews, Koptiar, Bergeron etc etc etc) Not even Zetterberg himself is a Zetterberg.
2. Glendening is all we have in the shutdown role.
We play with the cards we are dealt.
Also to note - the famous "Grind line" was also a shutdown line. Screwed opponents over while scoring a decent amount.