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12-13-2005, 11:26 PM
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Coaches finally catching on....

that they need to change up the PP! It's about time!!!

Man, has our powerless play been killing us. Its been so excruciating to watch.

Here's the link:

http://www.dailynews.com/kings/ci_3303144

Here's hoping it works and adds some life to the team.

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12-13-2005, 11:36 PM
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once they get their PP back up to 15-20%,,,then the team would probably move back into 1st...and they need the points since SJ seems to be making a push...

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was partially attributable to a significant personnel change. Just four seasons ago, the Kings led the NHL in power-play efficiency, but only five players remain from that team.
Wrong personnel change, Andrew...

and on top of that...it says that the change has been in place for the last week...and, indeed, the powerplay has looked better in that time...but its nothing to get excited about.

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12-14-2005, 02:52 AM
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Right, four years ago was when Tippet was still with the Kings. Murray seems to think the system is fine and the absence of a Blake or Schneider is why the PP isn't tops in the league

If the coaching staff is so infallible and smarter than all of us, then how come they're finally doing some of the things that we've been screaming about for them to do for months? The radical new powerplay adjustments must include the completely unorthodox strategies of putting a man in front of the net (Brown's PP goal in Toronto) and feeding the puck into the slot (Cammalleri's goal last game), both of which were proven effective. Those are ingenious solutions. Extend the contracts of those responsible!

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As much as I loathe Van Boxmeer, and have my doubts about Murray's ability to do more than be mediocre, I too agree that it's all about the absence of a Blake/Schneider. You can see it in the way the PK defends against the Kings. There is no fear in pressuring the points.

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As much as I loathe Van Boxmeer, and have my doubts about Murray's ability to do more than be mediocre, I too agree that it's all about the absence of a Blake/Schneider. You can see it in the way the PK defends against the Kings. There is no fear in pressuring the points.
I disagree; While it's true we lack a PP QB that people fear, the system itself has been lacking. While a couple games is poor due to a small sample, we really clicked with our powerplay early in the season after the opening loss to the Stars. We have the personnel and the talent to bury the puck on the powerplay.

The problem I have with the powerplay is the stagnant execution of it. Players stay away from the net, and they stay PUT with their position on the powerplay. The only time they bother to move is if the puck is out of their reach.

They don't move to cause the defense to move and accomodate, thus opening up either a passing or shooting lane.

Who are these all-star powerplay quarterbacks that are more skilled than Visnovsky on Buffalo (4th best PP) and Montreal (7th)? How about Pittsburgh, with Gonchar, Tarnstrom, and all their other offensive defensement, who are 22nd in the league? Does the presence of a really good pp quarterback guarantee a better powerplay than the presence of an efficient system?

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the numbers back me up.

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You're both right. I think that the real problem is that the powerplay system that they use has always heavily revolved around getting the puck to the point for the major blast. There's no collapsing down low or passing into the slot. It's all pretty passing around the perimeter until the pointman is in position to blast it. It was tailor-made for a blueline with big shooters like Blake and Schneider. Since getting rid of Schneider, however, the coaches haven't compensated. They're pretending that they still have a big shot at the point and playing the same system that worked only with a Blake or Schneider on the backend. They've been very stubborn to change. Being ranked 27th on the PP last season apparently wasn't enough; they also wanted to be ranked that this season before making any adjustments. I doubt that they can fix it, though, since this uncreative system is all that they've known. So, anyways, I think that the death of the powerplay was the loss of Schneider coupled with the refusal to change the system to compensate. Fixing it could be as simple as acquiring a new PP QB or changing the system (though I feel it needs to be changed, regardless).


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You're both right. I think that the real problem is that the powerplay system that they use has always heavily revolved around getting the puck to the point for the major blast. There's no collapsing down low or passing into the slot. It's all pretty passing until the pointman has a good opening to blast it. It was tailor-made for a blueline with big shooters like Blake and Schneider. Since getting rid of Schneider, however, the coaches haven't compensated. They're pretending that they still have a big shot at the point.
Sounds exactly like Manchester. Ranked 26th of 27 on the power play. Averaging 1 goal in every 8 opportunities.

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Nice pic of Kanko...did the Kings draft him or did Dave Taylor find him in an ice block while he was digging a pool in his backyard?

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Nice pic of Kanko...did the Kings draft him or did Dave Taylor find him in an ice block while he was digging a pool in his backyard?
Does DT live in Encino by any chance?

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