It's not who they should play more, it's who they should play less. have some frigging balance and flow. if you give Zharkov and McAmmond 8 minutes as fourth liners, that leaves 52 minutes. the checkers with PK time (Rolston playing PP too), will end up around 14 or so, leaving 18-20 for the top lines. Kovy was on a 25 minute + pace in this game, and he would have gotten 25 + if Avery didn't remove him from the game. how are you rolling lines and generating any kind of flow in the game with someone playing that much?
and Triumph, you're not so fvcking stupid to know that they have plenty of PP points. especially one one point locking down so much time. they have two forward points and two D points, not counting Mottau, as you sarcastically pointed out.
i agree that kovalchuk probably should have left the ice earlier on that 2nd power play; as i was watching i was getting concerned with that too (fwiw i once saw al macinnis take a longer shift in a similar situation but that's neither here nor there). what i don't agree with is the fact that kovalchuk might have cost the devils the game, that's just moron talk.
i think that kovalchuk should get what the elite forwards in the game get ice-time wise. right now he leads all forwards in ice-time per game, but he should be right up there with crosby, ovechkin, etc. for ice time in a game. there is no reason not to play him 20+ minutes a game, he can handle it physically.
he didn't personally cost them the game, his use disrupted them and possibly could have cost them the game.