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01-28-2013, 04:26 AM
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movement, move move move move move create lanes. the essence of the MAN ADVANTAGE is to have open man to take a good shop on goal. When you don't move it's a 5 on 4. 1 on 0 is better than 2 on 1 and 3 on 2 is better than 4 on 3, 5 on 4 is better than 6 on 5.... so when you don't move your silly bottoms around, you're playing a 5 on 4. The difference between a good PP and a bad PP is simply how close PP units can get to an instant 2-1 or 1-0 play. When you push the puck around the way we do, the best we're going to get is a 3-2 situation. In the one play where Pyatt scored the PPG in PHI, it was essentially a 2-1. We need to move the puck better, faster and make plays that will get the opposition to move. That's the thing, when you have a bad PP, everyone can smell it, no opposition defender will be convinced they HAVE TO make a desperate play/block. That being said, we need guys that are willing to try and maneuver with the puck toward the collapsed defensive zone and make defenders go to them.

Both elements to a PP are wrong.
There's the set up and plan of attack which Sully is not doing anything about. Fine.
The guys on the ice have to be more creative with the puck. no lane is going to magically open just because you're making point passes. Not once during 80% of our failed PP did a player carry the puck in a way that would convince the opposition's defender that he's actually going to do something.

Our trap hockey last season is essentially what we're allowing the PK unit to do. We collapse and block shots 5-5 making it difficult for anything to happen in our defensive zone. We have even strength coverage and our goaltender was god. In our PP, we're basically playing against our own trap hockey from last year except with an extra man who doesn't really factor in much.

All the outlines of who's manning which position is basically what Sully should be thinking about.

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