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01-26-2012, 07:29 AM
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Like Torts says, I'd be happy if our PP could at least give us some momentum. We need to at least move around and get chances.
Another thing I think is part of the problem (along with Gaborik being a black hole on the half-wall) is that as soon as we are in the zone, we have a forward (usually Cally) plant himself in front of the net immediately. One of the penalty killers doesn't have to worry about him until the puck gets to the net. He's not an actual passing option, therefore the power play is basically a 4 on 4 with Cally in front of the goalie.
Instead of the obligatory GUY IN FRONT just staying there at all times, we should have Cally and another forward drifting through the slot and curling around almost cycling but without the puck. This is what good teams do to open up passing and shooting lanes and be less predictable. We should always have Cally and the other forward close enough that when a shot from the point comes, they can be arriving at the net to either screen, deflect or get a rebound. But they dont have to park themselves there permanently. All that does is negate the extra man as a passing option and help the penalty killers cover 5 guys with 4.
Like Shanny once said, it's not just about knowing where to go, it's knowing when to arrive.
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