Not so special teams

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  1. IV XIV XCI

    IV XIV XCI Registered User

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    What is wrong with our pk?

    we cordially give opposition at least one goal a game. That's a bit too friendly if you ask me.

    Some of it can be attributed to new faces (hemsky, hall, eberle) who are not familiar with the role.
    Some of it can be attributed to having goaltenders who are afraid of the puck and take shelter deep inside their nets.
    Some of it can be attributed to a new coach and new systems.

    You'd think with our better FO% we'd send more pucks down the ice. While we do that, we then allow such easy entry into the zone that it's like we might as well send them an e-vite to come spend time with us in our zone. So kind.

    Offensively our PP is passing the puck around the perimeter with no movement through the box. That's exactly what teams want. Make them move. Make them make mistakes.

    And please, Yakupov is not ready for time on the blueline. Send him lower. Thanks.


    One of the few promising things over the past couple seasons has been our improving special teams play. This year it has helped us roar out of the gate with 3 out of a possible 16 points.

    Fun!
     
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    I like Eakins but he needs to go back and study tape of what we were doing on the PK/PP last year. It's definitely a weakness in his game plan.
     
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    I'm still undecided on the effectiveness of Eakins' defensive system 5 on 5, but I really don't like it on the PK. We give up way too many gravy chances from the slot as is, and it's only exacerbated when we're short a man.

    Some of it is personnel related too, I suspect. For example, despite being useless most of a game, Petrell was effective on the PK and especially at clearing the puck from the zone. I've noticed a lot of the time we attempt to clear, we wind up hitting the point man and just resetting the attacking cycle for the other team.

    The powerplay is what's really concerning me. It might need some time to gel, but it seems like we just aren't generating quality scoring chances, instead opting to pass around for a while and then lob the puck into a crowd. Maybe this is because the PP lines have changed almost every game?
     
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    the pk rotates way too much, you need to stick to a standard box with zone assignments.

    defensemen ending up at the blueline?
    forwards crossing over eachother following the puck?


    sure ways to fail.
     
  5. CantHaveTkachev

    CantHaveTkachev call on me

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    time to get the "stars" of this team off the ice during a PK and let PKer do their job

    it ain't working
     
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    Ever seem like this team can't do more than 1 thing right.

    Some years the PK is awesome.. Can't score on the PP or win a faceoff.
    Last year or two. PP was awesome.. Can't kill a penalty or win a faceoff.

    This year we've decided to be good at faceoffs..... seems to be the worst of the bunch to specialize in though haha
     
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    Pretty much, you want your skill guys to learn defense fine. Then lets work on one guy at a time, not lets see how many skilled players can play PK in a game. I don't doubt this will have long-term benefits, but it can't kill us in the short-term like it is now.
     

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