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.