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10-25-2009, 04:37 PM
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Couldn't catch the game last night but watched the highlights.

It looked like Theo was on fire and was the only reason why this game wasnt a blow out.

Any information?

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10-25-2009, 04:51 PM
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Couldn't catch the game last night but watched the highlights.

It looked like Theo was on fire and was the only reason why this game wasnt a blow out.

Any information?

Thanks!
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10-25-2009, 05:20 PM
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I think you are sort of missing the point or more accurately not understanding what you are seeing.

1. Poti has had some shoulder damage since the Caps got him and really doesnt slap the puck anymore. He is no threat to shoot the puck on the power play and the Pk would just cover the other 4 guys. Pothier is the only other defenseman that can play the pp point.

2. When Semin and Ovechkin are on the same power play unit, they must both play the right side in order to be open to shoot directly off the pass. If you move Ovechkin down to the half boards, Semin must either be moved to the point himself, to the corner and away from a shooting position OR moved to the right side.

So...The only option in using both OV and Semin together on the PP is for one of them to be on the point.
I understand what you mean after looking up everyone's stick-side. I dunno, it seemed like the formation last year was a bit different. Maybe our PP was just more dynamic and created more opportunities for Ovie and Green to pinch in on those backdoor plays. It sucks b/c the problem looks to be more about everyone staying cool under pressure and taking that extra second to make the better pass. That and the skaters w/o the puck being in better positioning to open up those options.

I wasn't aware of Poti's shoulder problems, I just thought of him as a veteran that might keep his focus a little bit better back there. There's no doubt we'll get the kinks worked out sooner or later once they connect a few times and generate some momentum. In the meantime, it's frustrating watching ovie waste his gas spending the majority of the PP chasing the puck back into our end or rushing back to stop a breakaway.

With composure/discipline being the root of the problem (and the hardest thing to teach), it's a tough call on how you go about fixing it as the coach. Do you make changes and adapt your system to the problem? Or do you leave things as they are, work on passing/breakout/one-timer drills and hope the players themselves adapt? There's arguments for both. What you don't do, is lose your composure/discipline as the coach. Sure you can't be buddy-buddy all the time, but if you lose your cool and insult them (like Ted did on his blog for example), you risk losing the respect that got them to go to battle for you in the first place.

Btw, that last part wasn't a response to you tx. Just a general rebuttal to some of the more bi-polar posts.

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10-25-2009, 06:26 PM
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The main difference in the Caps power play this season to last season is that teams are trying to take away Ovechkin and Green. That has opened up the players down low and so Semin, Knuble, Backstrom and Laich are scoring PPG's.

Teams playing the Caps have two main options. Cover the guys close to the net who are good, but not Ovechkin and Green OR cover the guys further from the goal with the big shots and hope guys close to the net can be stopped or stop themselves.

The logical plan is to let the goalie see the long shots and stop the guys closer to the goal. The Caps destroyed that last season. This season they seem to be trying the other approach and seeing if Knuble, Semin and Backstrom will beat them or not.

Pick your poison.

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10-25-2009, 06:33 PM
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It seems to me, that if teams want to aggressively attack our point men, then it would make sense to try and outnumber them down low. Get the puck behind their forwards and try to work around the goal line. Eventually I'd think that the forwards would be forced to help out and you'd get open looks for you Point guys if that's what you're going for. That's always easier said than done.

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10-25-2009, 06:52 PM
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Good comeback although its typical to see lacklustre performances for 40 minutes from the Caps.
Not sure what to make of it at this stage.
I just think we play dumb far too often.
The system doesnt seem to address enough puck situations and we are forced to make uneducated decisions on the ice which make us play.
PP is horrible. Green needs to be more aggressive early and rush the puck. puts their PK out of whack and we can get the puck control we want in the zone.

still early days, good start to the season, defense meh.

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10-25-2009, 07:01 PM
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Good comeback although its typical to see lacklustre performances for 40 minutes from the Caps.
Not sure what to make of it at this stage.
I just think we play dumb far too often.
The system doesnt seem to address enough puck situations and we are forced to make uneducated decisions on the ice which make us play.
PP is horrible. Green needs to be more aggressive early and rush the puck. puts their PK out of whack and we can get the puck control we want in the zone.

still early days, good start to the season, defense meh.
40 lackluster minutes? are we talking about the second period where they were outshooting the Islanders 11-1 or the third period where we came back as lackluster. The Caps played mediocre in the first, dominated the second without getting on the scoresheet, and IMO, played worse in the third than they did in the second, beginning to end, but still managed to come back.

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10-25-2009, 08:47 PM
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im saying the regular thing is for the caps to do the 40 off 20 on.
no need to nit pick 10 minutes. the gist of what im saying still stands and what everyone agrees on, this caps team rarely shows for 60 minutes.

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It seems to me, that if teams want to aggressively attack our point men, then it would make sense to try and outnumber them down low. Get the puck behind their forwards and try to work around the goal line. Eventually I'd think that the forwards would be forced to help out and you'd get open looks for you Point guys if that's what you're going for. That's always easier said than done.
That is what they are doing. That is why the PPG's have almost all been scored near the net by Backstrom, Laich, Knuble and Semin. This is why none of the goals have come on typical 40 footers from Ovechkin and Green. Team's have decided to take the shot away and let the Caps play 2 on 1 and 3 on 2 down low.

You tell me, who would you rather make beat you? Ovechkin/Green or Backstrom/Knuble?

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im saying the regular thing is for the caps to do the 40 off 20 on.
no need to nit pick 10 minutes. the gist of what im saying still stands and what everyone agrees on, this caps team rarely shows for 60 minutes.
they played with a team for a period, and then dominated 40 minutes, that's good against any team, even the Islanders.

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im saying the regular thing is for the caps to do the 40 off 20 on.
no need to nit pick 10 minutes. the gist of what im saying still stands and what everyone agrees on, this caps team rarely shows for 60 minutes.
In which games have the Capitals played only 20 minutes?

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