Shea Weber, Seth Jones play marathon three-and-a-half minute shift

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

Shea Weber and Seth Jones were on the ice for a long time at the end of the second period on Thursday night.

The average shift length for a player in the NHL is usually somewhere between 45 and 55 seconds, depending on the player and position.

Some may be a little longer (Mike Green, for example, is averaging 1:04 per shift this season), others a little shorter (Edmonton's Will Acton only plays 31 seconds per shift). The bottom line is, when you start getting up around a minute-and-a-half that's a long time to be on the ice.

Nashville's powerhouse duo of Shea Weber and Seth Jones took it to an entirely new level on Thursday night in Phoenix. According to the NHL's time-on-ice sheets, Weber and Jones were on the ice for three minutes and 24 seconds at the end of the second period. It's exhausting just typing that.

Weber and Jones are no strangers to logging a ton of minutes as both entered play on Thursday night in the top-20 in terms of ice-time per game, while they both average more than 50 seconds per shift.

During that extended shift on Thursday, the Predators allowed two shots on goal, had to block two shots, and allowed Phoenix to take two additional shots that missed the net. Nashville attempted just one shot of its own. Making things worse for the Predators was the fact that at one point Jones, the No. 4 pick in this year's NHL draft and an early season frontrunner for the rookie of the year award, lost his stick while Phoenix was on the attack. That led to what was perhaps the Coyotes' best scoring chance of the shift when Derek Morris was able to get off this one-timer.

Yeah, so even though that's probably not an ideal situation, that's a ton of time on the ice.

Look at it this way: 52 times this season a player in the NHL has failed to play 3:24 in an entire game.

More from SB Nation NHL:

LIKE SB Nation NHL on Facebook!

Does goalie fatigue impact a shootout?

Watch Brandon Saad’s ridiculous game-winning assist

The NHL’s illusion of consistency

The Goal: The rivalry between two high schools where hockey is life

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.