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12-30-2011, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Ziggy Stardust View Post
Watching the Kings PP, they're technically a 4-man unit. That 5th player becomes wasted by standing in front of the net, but what good is a screen if you can't get a shot through?

The puck goes through Kopitar, Doughty, Johnson and Richards while Brown stands in front. So that creates a 4-on-4 situation as the penalty killers needn't waste their time jostling in front of the net with Brown. If they prevent a shot from going through then Brown becomes ineffective, which is what happens more often than not on the PP.
I noticed that against Chicago. With the Hawks utilizing their 5th man around the perimeter and behind the net, it opened up the middle of the ice more and allowed for cross ice passes and an easier time getting shots on goal by forcing and clearing defenders out of the crease. The only downside is they were looking for rebounds more than anything, but I would settle for that over what we have been trying to force into place any day.


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