At certain points throughout every game decisions will be made. While some believe it is the talent on the ice that wins games, clearly the credit falls on the shoulders of those who refined many of the fine athletic talents many posses.
An NHL season is a war, throughout the season many battles are fought. It is the role of the coach to prepare your team for every battle by establishing the correct lines and pairings. One on ice matchup throughout an entire 60 minutes could result in a win, or more costly a loss.
While the players often get the majority of the credit during stretches of success, NHL head coaches receive much of the blame during patches of adversity. It is important that a team is built on the backbone of their head coach.
In the Western Conference, competition is fierce. This, in turn, magnifies not only the pressure on players, but also tightens the leashes on many head coaches. Take a look at who tops the list as top-ranked coach in the Western Conference.