Rutherford: Whitney unlikely to sign with Canes
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06-08-2010, 08:56 PM
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Malkin: Right point
Letang: Left point
Whitney: Left wing
Sid: Right wing
Kunitz: front of the net
That PP configuration would have a lot of options. Crosby can snipe it from the hash marks, Malkin has a great one timer, Letang has a good shot (when he puts it on net) and Whitney could score a lot on a lot of Sid's patented back door feed. Kunitz would be a great net presence.
Have Geno enter the zone with the puck and let him QB the PP.
Not to throw you under the bus, a couple others have suggested Malkin on the points, but doesn't everyone remember how terrible that worked out on the ice? He wasn't comfortable, he wasn't as effective.
The real issue is the Pens have to change strategies. They can't have the puck handler enter the zone all alone and pull up right when he gains the blueline. If the forwards converge on him -- and with all the tape studying they know to do that -- then it fails a lot. Gonchar is skilled and smart enough to pull it off but Goligoski/Letang can't.
Let Malkin/Crosby rush the puck, have good support at the point when they enter to dish it, get it in deep and then drop back to Letang who can then pass to Crosby on the half-wall and by then things will be setup.
Maybe a little easier said than done, but philosphically there needs to be a change in the mindset and I think that things would improve.
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