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11-15-2009, 05:44 PM
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How to snap out of a goal scoring slump

Just thought it might be an interesting discussion. We seem to have several players in some pretty deep scoring droughts. What should they do? What do you say if you're the coach? Can teammates help?

I'm looking for real discussion and not just another thread to start bashing players. [There are plenty of those already].

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I think if more of our players went into the difficult areas of the ice they would produce more. There is far too much perimeter play among guys who are in slumps, and changing that would likely change their luck to a certain degree.

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11-15-2009, 06:36 PM
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I was thinking...I know the traditional advice is to "keep shooting". But, I wonder if that's always the thing to do. In O'Sullivan's case - the guy seems completely fried mentally. I think he should play center and let him have some success as a set-up guy, and after he gains some confidence there, get him back into a shooters role.

However, in cases like Gagner and Horcoff, I definitely think that the shoot first ask questions later approach is the only way to go. Why don't either of these guys ever shoot the puck? Why does most of the team elect to not shoot the puck? There seems to be something going on here, and unlike most of you, I don't think it's related to talent. There just seems to be a real sense of fear in embarrassing themselves or something. Almost all the players [with the exception of Patty O] seem too afraid that they're not going to score if they shoot and therefore don't try.

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keep shooting and get healthy

also---I think some fans got to keep perspective--that going into this season most of us agreed that oiler would be in a hard fight for 8th spot--so the struggles are not that shocking

I am more concerned about the amount of goals the oilers are giving up

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However, in cases like Gagner and Horcoff, I definitely think that the shoot first ask questions later approach is the only way to go. Why don't either of these guys ever shoot the puck? Why does most of the team elect to not shoot the puck? There seems to be something going on here, and unlike most of you, I don't think it's related to talent. There just seems to be a real sense of fear in embarrassing themselves or something. Almost all the players [with the exception of Patty O] seem too afraid that they're not going to score if they shoot and therefore don't try.
No one on our team shoots the puck because no one on our team can shoot the puck. Honestly we have to have the worst shooting team in the entire NHL. Yes, Souray and Lubo have rockets and O'Sullivan has a nice shot as well but after these guys it's a bunch of feathers, at every position. We don't really have anyone other than those 3 who can score from further out from the slot area.

I've always said that the most underrated trait of a defensemen is the ability to take and put a slapper on net from the point. Slapshots from dmen led directly to two goals today. Particularly concerning to me is the two one dimensional so called offensive dmen we have that aren't threats to score from outside of 10 feet.

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Just thought it might be an interesting discussion. We seem to have several players in some pretty deep scoring droughts. What should they do? What do you say if you're the coach? Can teammates help?

I'm looking for real discussion and not just another thread to start bashing players. [There are plenty of those already].
I'd say the biggest thing is to go to the dirty areas, particularly the blue paint. This is especially true for perimeter players. Slimy goals from the crease count just as much as 100 mph slappers into the top corner.

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I think if more of our players went into the difficult areas of the ice they would produce more. There is far too much perimeter play among guys who are in slumps, and changing that would likely change their luck to a certain degree.
This.

They still think that they have the skill to win every night with finesse.

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But true. The same logic could be applied to the Eskimos. That one Stamps receiver scored his first TD of the season today.

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The answer is best described in the 3rd definition here;

http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...m=slump+buster

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The answer is best described in the 3rd definition here;

http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...m=slump+buster
you need to stop pimping your self for dates here

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Har, har, har.....

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I believe we need to heed the words of Mark Grace, and find a slumpbuster.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Grace

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If it was scoring in general you could always get Goose as your wingman.

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Sarcasm alert - this steady diet of backup tenders is killing team sniper's confidence.We need to get back to seeing the opposition's best goalies and forget about turning the Hedberg's of the world into second comings of Terry Sawchuk.

Slump busting?
- shoot the puck and drive the net. Really a very simple concept but this team is made up of too many prima ballerinas who want to dance outside and look pretty overpassing the puck.
- the team's 'skill' players have to put their work boots on. Force the play in front of the net, outwork opposition, and play like their jobs are on the line.

Having the big bomber Souray back in the lineup will help. His boomer will get through and open up the ice. But this forward crew has to be willing to go to the net for success. Outside possibly Patty O and arguably Hemsky (when he decides to shoot), I don't see a natural shooter in this lineup. Have been pissing and moaning about this for it seems like an eternity. This team needs a go-to sniper who can break open tight games and instill some confidence in scoring. They don't have it and the result is a lineup that tightens their grip on sticks and more often than not poop the bed.

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nightly beatings?


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nightly beatings?
that stop only when morale improves

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best way out of a goal scoring slump

GET SOME ONE WHO CAN SCORE GOALS

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While it's true thy need to drive the net, and get around the blue paint, there has to be a reason why they aren't doing that now. I think our smaller forwards have been tossed around for most of their hockey careers, so they had to learn to be successful in other ways IE: finesse play. While that might work in he minors, it doesn't work that well in the NHL

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Be patient with the puck. Focus on execution. Don't shoot without a lane. If you get a jumbled puck in front of the net, always handle it once before shooting (see ATL's goal after our big chances as to why). Take wrist shots when in alone (no bloody backhanders!).

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nightly beatings?
That only happend when you don't score. Its doesn't improve the situation.

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Keep the puck away from O Sully. Or at least tell him to try visioning himself passing the puck to the back of the net with some zip.

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Keep the puck away from O Sully. Or at least tell him to try visioning himself passing the puck to the back of the net with some zip.
Yeah, that's it. Keep the puck away from the guy who creates 50% of the scoring chances on this team. Brilliant.

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Keep the puck away from O Sully. Or at least tell him to try visioning himself passing the puck to the back of the net with some zip.
All they need to do to get O'Sullivan to score is to have him stop being the designated puck-carrier on his line. Make his job to be within 10 feet of the goalie, THEN get him the puck.

If you want him as a goal scorer that is.

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Yeah, that's it. Keep the puck away from the guy who creates 50% of the scoring chances on this team. Brilliant.
Scoring chances dont win the Stanley Cup. Goals do. Until he can convert, allow me to enjoy my cynical posts please.

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