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The Little Ball of Hate's biggest strengths can sometimes be his Achilles' heel.
As one of the best chirpers in the league, Marchand always gets under the skin of his opponents. On top of that, his timely goal scoring makes him as arguably one of the most difficult players to play against.
But his feisty attitude can get him in trouble sometimes. Here and there, Marchand will have trouble containing his raw emotion and he will take a dumb penalty at an inopportune time.
It hasn't been a major problem as of yet, but it's something that head coach Claude Julien has addressed. In June, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal wrote about Marchand walking a fine line with his style of play. Julien told Divver of the team's handling of their productive nuisance:
Every year in the playoffs, not only does he [Marchand] become a target for other teams, but he responds to it. What he’s got to do is respond to it in a positive way.
As long as he doesn’t cross the line — we’ve said that before — we’ve got to keep him in check. His emotion is what makes him a real good player. You have to let him play with some emotion. Again, as long as he doesn’t cross the line.
Marchand needs to harness his emotions and play with a clear focus. If he loses that mindset, he will make a second home in the penalty box this season.
Getting too carried away with personal vendettas and not focusing on the task at hand for Marchand will cause Julien to address the situation.