This team is playing some outstanding hockey this season, but still is useless on the PP. I can only imagine if they would improve their PP percentage. It has been this team weakness for years now. My question is how and when this teams power play can be fixed in order to become lethal?
While we do need to fix it, it's not my biggest concern. Boston's PP was ranked 20th last year.
Ranking is a rather useless measurement come playoff time and big goals are needed on the PP. Being a better ranked powerplay in the league certainly brings confidence, but hardly means they will 100% get it done when it comes down to do or die.
No one cares if your PP is 30th in the league as long as it can manage to score timely goals in big games, or tie a game down by a goal in the last 2 minutes of regulation. So far the Ranges PP/man advantage has not shown it can do that, at all, let alone consistently enough for a good ranking.
I just want a clutch PP goal when it means something.
Their biggest problem is getting the puck into the zone in the first place. After that, they don't move the puck quick enough. As soon as the next player gets it the other team already has him well defended. That results in a ton of shots getting blocked and overall bad scoring chances. The also telegraph everything (i.e. too predictable)
I'm really not sure how they're going to fix it. Tortorella seems to be to stubborn to experiment. Apparently his fix is to put offensively challenged players like Rupp and Boyle on the PP and pray that they score.
It's just getting setup, having guys in the rights spots, moving around, etc. It's sad how most of the time I forget we are even on a PP. There's times where we don't get setup until around the 30 second mark of the PP left.
A big shot from the point which forces the d box to try and deny it and a guy who can one time it from either the half boards or between the circles . I love this group , honestly not much not too like but besides Gabs " quick release " we really dont have a pure shooter . And at this point the thought of bringing in a pure shooter type player who can't play d is probably not going to fly .
I'd like to see 1: Brad shoot more , he has one of the better shots on the team.
WOLSKI get a shot playing down along the half wall , he can ACTUALLY SHOOT a ONE TIMER his problem being his one on one battle level to win pucks .
Brad -MDZ points , Gaby WW CALLY UP FRONT . 2nd unit G - MCd points
Step , Dubi , hags . Can mix in Rupp And boyle if you need a big body in front
Maybe try Gaborik on the point with Richards. Cally in front, Dubi and Step on the half wall, and Richards and Gabby on the point. I know its risky using 5 forwards. But we need a better shot on the point to complement Richards.
should be our 1st pp unit
We don't just need a bomb from the point, we need a bomb from the point that actually uses it. Richards has a bomb from the point, he never shoots. Rozsival never shot either. Going all the way back to Barry Beck these ****in guys never shoot.
Richards is weird this year. He's not racking up PPPs like he was in Dallas playing with a pure passer like Riberio on the half-wall. Richards got a ton of points playing on the point and just being the shooter with Morrow in front of the net providing a screen. Riberio was really the one making the crazy plays, Richards was just always open on the point for the one timer or his patented SHAS to Eriksson or Riberio for the wide open net.
He also doesn't have the luxury of playing with a talented winger like Eriksson regularly. Richards needs players on his wings who can win puck battles on the boards, but also be in the right place at the right time for his cycling pass. As good as Dubi/Cally have been for him, I don't think they have that hockey intelligence that Eriksson does, and therefore a lot of the grinding goes to waste. What has impressed me is how Richards has changed his game to match his linemates, and become more of the shooter on the line. Where as in the past he'd just continue to cycle until Loui or Neal finished the play.
I'm not sure he'll ever be a PPG player in New York, unless the PP gets fixed drastically. Part of that involves him playing on the point with another great playmaker on the halfboards IMO. Torts is too manic with his PP units, needs to stick with a setup that works for quite a few games to find chemistry:
Callahan in front of the net.
Stepan on the halfwall, directing traffic.
Gaborik along the boards for the cycle, shifts to the hashmarks when we have control.
MDZ or Girardi on the RD for shots or to get it to Stepan/Richards.
Richards on the Left point, for either one timers or shot-passes to Gaborik in open shooting lanes.