There is always pressure on NHL coaches to get their teams to play cohesive hockey.
When offense, defense and goaltending meld in an effective manner, teams find a way to string wins together and build confidence.
However, talent is not enough to turn teams into a solid, functioning unit on the ice. The margin of error is thin, and a head coach must provide an effective working game plan and motivation to turn his team into a winner.
If he can't do this consistently, he risks losing contact with his players, and the result is that the head coach gets tuned out.
In some cases, a losing team is merely in a slump, and the coach's message is heard loud and clear. Such was the case earlier in the year with Peter Laviolette of the Philadelphia Flyers. After a rough start, his team has won five of its last seven.
Here's a look at five coaches who appear to have lost touch with their team.