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06-07-2010, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by worstfaceoffmanever View Post
This is completely untrue.

The strategy is, "Get the puck to Weber who has his shot blocked out high and turns the puck over, leading to an odd-man rush."
Replace Weber with Delmore and you have exactly what caused the downfall of our PP oh so many years ago.

All of this is eerily similar to our strategy with Zidlicky: "Get the puck to Zidlicky whose shot goes three feet high and four feet wide of the net and wraps around the glass and out of the zone."

We can complain about the power play all we want, but to paraphrase Dulzhok, "it's about top line talent." There are few very good power plays with the lack of forward skill that we have.

Looking at the top 10 PPs from last year, only Minnesota and LA stand out as teams that don't have skillsets demonstrably better than ours. Of course, when you look at their PP units with players like Koivu and Kopitar, they are still likely a step better than us.

And looking at Columbus' talent, outside of Nash, it's not particularly impressive either. So I'm not sure I fault Noel. Good PKs will stop a PP that centers around one key element and has little supporting talent that threatens the PK.

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