7 QUESTIONS about this LA Kings team
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03-08-2011, 09:37 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
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This is a very interesting point. Please elaborate on this, if possible.
Thanks. Hard to elaborate on that, because I meant it in a more general way. I don't know what kind of instructions they get in the locker room. It's just thoughts that I sometimes get during the games. I can't explain some of the bad sides of the Kings performance either, so I am looking for explanations anywhere I can find them.
I believe anyone can recognize Chicago and Kings power play without any numbers and without teams being revealed. Chicago because it's fast and they utilize each player's strengths. And Kings because the puck is with Kopitar for so long and he is not in a dangerous position often. However I don't blame the players for that because it is OBVIOUS that they are playing system decided by someone else. Kopitar also doesn't just decide to switch the sides, he has instructions to do so. Kings PP looks very robotic to me, players just follow some book and try too hard to execute the ideas from coaching staff. If they would take PP in their own hands and just improvise, I believe it would be much better. On the other hand PP was better last season and Kompon was in charge of it. The only explanation I have is, that teams have studied Kings PP well and Kompon as a career video coach doesn't have enough imagination to create something new. Career video coaches are usually better at studying the opponent and adapting to THEM and I haven't seen any good team adapting their PP to the opponent on a regular basis. Kings PP is not below average, however I believe that Kings have a top 5 PP team talent and that PP instructions are not good.
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