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02-07-2011, 05:13 AM
Inner Turbulence
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The newly created #1 Powerplay unit definitely is pretty predictable – but it has still worked reasonably well since being put together, hasn’t it ? I think with the “big 3” at the top of the umbrella we have had pretty good pressure in the last couple of games. There’s been excellent puck retrieval, giving us a lot of attacking zone time … which has let to more shots and a couple of goals too. Particularly getting Doughty into a more active shooting role seems beneficial compared to using him as the guy passing the puck to Stoll, so he can blast it wide.

The 5-on-3 wasn’t great though.

And moving Loktionov into a prolific role on the #2 Powerplay unit also seems to be paying off. He can really use his skill and creativity there. We got 2 goals off of that against the Flames.

I know it’s only been two games since things were switched up, but I think we’ve seen significant improvement in those two games. If we can get a bit more consistent pressure on the Powerplay that’ll help us a long way.

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