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01-23-2012, 05:55 PM
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In 2009-2010, the Blues finished 1st in the NHL on the PK, and Crombeen was second on the team in time spent on the penalty kill. In his 12 games under Hitchcock, Crombeen has yet to step onto the ice during a penalty kill.

Anyone have any ideas as to why?

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In 2009-2010, the Blues finished 1st in the NHL on the PK, and Crombeen was second on the team in time spent on the penalty kill. In his 12 games under Hitchcock, Crombeen has yet to step onto the ice during a penalty kill.

Anyone have any ideas as to why?
Thats an interesting Stat/point. I don't really know. Is their a difference between the way Hitchcock runs the pk and how payne/murray did?

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In 2009-2010, the Blues finished 1st in the NHL on the PK, and Crombeen was second on the team in time spent on the penalty kill. In his 12 games under Hitchcock, Crombeen has yet to step onto the ice during a penalty kill.

Anyone have any ideas as to why?
Because we already have guys that can play on the PK, and Hitch likes to use his better players on the PK as well. I think it's a great strategy.

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Hitchcock obviously likes to use his better overall players on PK. It's not direct, but it seems that they have to play PK in order to get powerplay time. He also likes to spread it around and not wear out just a couple guys.
My guess is that it's mostly a matter of practice. Crombeen has been out for a while and other guys know the system better.

You also need to realize the Blues' pk back then was different in more respects. They had more defensive defensemen and they had McClement. And Mason stood on his head that year while penalty killing. And Backes and Oshie had about as much PK time as Crombeen did. Remove McClement and Crombeen and add Nichol, Sobotka, and Steen, I don't see a loss, there.

Plus, the Blues' special teams, while not stellar, have climbed considerably since Hitchcock's arrival. I'd be interested to see you come up with their PK% since Hitch took over and compare that to their PK% from 09-10.

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I think a lack of Mike Weaver has as much as to do with it as any one other single player

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