Let's lay off the D, the real problem with the wings is the PP.
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01-25-2013, 04:35 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Twin Peaks
Originally Posted by
The Fading Captain
Our PP is too passive and conservative.
Call me old fashioned, but my favorite powerplay is simply loading up on traffic and firing at the net. Then rebounds. That's it. You've got superior numbers so just play the odds you'll get those bounces. It gives great goalies fits because they either can't see the puck or they have to track down scrums in front of the net.
It's telling that Nashville had the best PP last year. Fueled by big point shots and grinding it out near the net.
But I'm not sure how the Wings top offensive players, outside of Franzen, fit into that mold too well.
Here's an example. Look at how all the Preds fold in straight by the net on this shot. Not tick tack passing. Just 3 bodies down low ready to jump on anything that doesn't go in.
The Wings always had Holmstrom jammed in front, but left the other forwards playing the soft spots of the ice. Without a highly skilled group of passers and Lidstrom, I think it may be time to get comfortable with the dirty parts of the ice.
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