How are minutes given out in the NHL?
The average NHL team plays its first line about 19 minutes a night and its fourth line closer to 10, but there's a lot of variation in between. Looking only at forwards with 20 games played this season, this is a graphical representation of how teams deploy their lines. Some, like Toronto and Vancouver, lean heavily on their top players and barely use their last three or four forwards. Others like Detroit take a more balanced approach. Injuries, midseason trades and shuffled lines have affected these numbers, so this is meant to be more of a rough snapshot of what teams are doing than a precise measurement.
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