Re: Power Play
posted at 1/22/2011 12:21 PM EST
In Response to Re: Power Play
[QUOTE]Back to the actual powerplay, it's a big issue. It's not exact to say if they had scored on this powerplay or that powerplay then they would have won, because the events following that or those goals would have been different, but let's take a quick look at the close losses in December: December 3 vs. Toronto: Powerplay 0-2, shootout loss December 11th vs. Philly: 0-2, OT loss December 15th vs. Buffalo: 1-5, 3-2 loss December 16th vs. Montreal: 1-4, 4-3 loss December 30th vs. Atlanta: 0-3, shootout loss No, they aren't going to win every game, but a better powerplay might change a couple of these losses into victories.
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
Exactly! In its present form, he Bruins' PP strategy turns the man advantage into even strength. There seems to be a lot of time-eating perimeter play among statrionary players. I've said before its a credit to the team they're where they are without a largely ineffective PP element.
I'd like to think teams around the league are more concerned with the Bruins' PK. Moving Chara and his heavy left-shooting shot over to the right point is a step in the right direction. Not that I'm putting him in this class but some of the more notable left-shooting D-men through the years like Orr, Park, Potvin, Bourque, Langway and Coffey always seemed to be on the right side on the PP.
They'd be fed pucks right in their wheelhouse which was towards the center of the ice not along the outside beside the boards. (Ex-Leaf McCabe owes Kaberle a healthy portion of the massively over-rated contract he signed years ago because of Kaberle's assistance in that regard.)
I wouldn't doubt the opposition is not hesitant to take liberties with the Bruins without fear of retribution from the PP. Perhaps this is why the Wings haven't really employed an enforcer since the days of Darren McCarty.