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10-20-2013, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by mrmyheadhurts View Post
Just for some perspective from a Canucks fan. While the PP has failed to produced it has looked much better this year so far, generating a lot of quality chances with better movement. Much like the Rangers, it's too early in the season to make any meaningful determinations. Also, keep in mind that former Stars head coach, Gulutzan is running the PP, not Sullivan.

I'm also of the belief that personnel is a much higher determining factor than coaching when it comes to the PP. To be honest, the PP is pretty much the Sedins thing to run; if they're going, the PP is going.

The other issue with the Canucks is that they have the fewest PP opportunities in the NHL, which has been an ongoing trend the last few seasons. Take the Pens game, the Canucks dominated possession and the shots for much of the game, yet the Pens enjoyed a 4-1 PP advantage. When you're only getting one PP all game, it's hard to find your rhythm. It was an issue last year and it is an issue early on this season.

As for Torts, it is interesting to note some differences and let me say up front, I liked AV as a coach. The main thing I've noticed as a strength that Torts has, that AV always struggled with, is in-game adjustments. Torts seems to have a better feel for who's going, who's not going, and what buttons to push to wake the team up from a slumber. For better or worse, the Canucks are certainly a more aggressive team under Torts but you can see the team is still in an adjustment period, much like the Rangers I'm sure. My only gripe would be the number of odd man rushes we seem to be giving up and the amount of time and space we give to teams in our own end. Every good team collapses to the net, but it feels like the Canucks are still figuring out just how much under Torts.

And yes, there has been more shot blocking.

Ahh, yes. That will be a continued theme. Have fun.

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