The NHL regular season will be coming to a close on Sunday, April 28th, which means that the playoffs are upon us. The Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators will do battle that day. Then the insane season that has been 2013 will turn into something else.
It will turn into an insane playoff tournament.
After the playoff bracket is set, there will be much ballyhoo and breakdowns galore.
Does this eighth seed have a prayer against this first? How do the offenses match up? What about the defenses and the goalies?
And at the end of all of these shakedowns will be a look at the head-to-head coaching matchup. While the subject matter typically comes at the end of looking at how two teams will play against one another, it's far and away one of the most important parts of a good Stanley Cup run.
Coaches are in charge of maintaining a team's highs and low and keeping energy levels high while keeping legs lose and minds at ease. Naturally, some guys are just better at this aspect of the game than others.
Experience helps, as does being in touch with the various aspects and personalities on a given team.