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12-03-2003, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by LawnDemon
i don't have time to kill a digital forest so i'll stick to this comment because i think some good discussion can come of it...

if a scientist can train a rat to find the cheese in the same maze every time why on earth can't macT teach hockey players to dump the puck hard of the glass when killing penalties or when pressured in their own zone?

seriously, is dumping the puck high off the boards too difficult for the likes of brewer and horcoff? how is that any more complicated than navigating a repetitive maze? get - the - puck - shoot - it - hard - and - high - off - the - glass. not rocket science.

your point seems to be that an intelligent person (scientist) can teach some of the stupidest animals on earth to efficiently complete repetitive tasks. if that is the case, macT must be awfully slow upstairs if he can't teach other humans to do an equally (relative to the intellectual capacity of the actor) simple, repetitive task.

if the oiler players would simply shoot the puck hard off the glass then the PK% would go up dramatically, the GAA would drop, and the wins would pile up.

you can argue that it's still up to the players to "do what they're told"... fair enough - but if i'm coach and the players don't do something as simple as dump the puck where the other team can't get it THEN THOSE PLAYERS SIT ON THE FREAKIN BENCH. case closed.

so either macT isn't telling them what to do or he isn't enforcing his own rules. either way, he is at least equally at fault with the players and G2K is more right than wrong in his commentary.
Unfortunately, the Oilers don't have the personael to have those players sit on the bench.

Look at the culprits... I will go out on a limb and say Steve Staois is on the PK for well over half the goals, and has made several very stupid plays while killing the penalty, and seems to get burned on almost all of them. Mac-T can't really sit him, because there aren't any other options. As little as Bergeron and Ferguson can play on the PK, the better off the Oilers are. As for the forwards, the Oilers don't have many players who you would think of as top penalty killers, and it is the usually reliable guys that have really killed this team on the PK. I would also love to see how many PP goals the Oilers have given up as a result of lost draws in their own end. The Oilers do not have a single player at or above 50% on short-handed draws, and that is a very telling stat.

On the pp, you have forwards who have constantly done this on the power play:

Winds up at the Oilers blueline, attempts to carry the puck into the zone, gets stood up by 2 or 3 players, and does a soft dump in while everyone is standing around, simply letting the other team picking up the puck, and easily firing it out.

Part of my whole problem, is I am seeing a lot of this (in a stripped down way).

Make players accountable, but don't change the lines for 10 games to allow the players to gel...

I guess I just don't understand...

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