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06-07-2010, 08:02 AM
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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.
We iced a power play full of specialists at one point. Sullivan, Kariya, Timonen, Zidlicky...those units didn't fare much better. It's the byproduct of playing for three defense-first coaches. There simply isn't a lot of offensive vision there. Even 5 on 5, we're a far more adaptable team defensively than offensively. If our offensive "system" is shot down by whatever the other team is doing defensively, we're usually pretty well screwed. Of course that is going to reflect on the power play.
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