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11-28-2010, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by BumFortyOne View Post
I don't see how you can't also attribute this to coaching. They've been missing their best penalty killer in Staal and yet they are top of the league at an incredible 90.2%. How coaching doesn't factor into the success of the penalty kill is beyond me.
Well it factors in to the point that yes you do have to coach it and run the drills in practice. On the other hand I'm not really sure Bylsma is enlightening guys like Michalek and Martin to new PK techniques that were unbeknownst to them before. Plus, and I don't want to open a can of worms here, but if you're a smart forward that works hard you can PK. Staal is a great penalty killer but on the flip side it doesn't mean someone else can't fill in adequately. In other words it's one of the least difficult things to overcome. I know it sounds like I'm being harsh but most of these guys have been PKing for years and years and most of them have been longer than Bylsma has coached at a pro level.

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