Re: Powerplay Percentage
posted at 2/14/2013 5:04 PM EST
In response to JWensink's comment:
In response to perrysound's comment:
Scotty Bowman always said that if the PP and the PK are about even, then he was happy, so the Bruins okay. Keenan hoped for a 5% to 10% on the +side between the 2.
PP is a Skills based activity. If you believe as I do, that today's coaching is very effective in negating PP plans, then it boils down to skill. Maybe the Bruins just don't have that skill level in order to be a great PP team. There are parts there, but not the true high-end talent, such as Mark Savard to set up the easy PP goals. Who on the Bruins can hold and control the puck? I can't think of anyone that has that skill, except Savard. Maybe Hamilton will be the able to develop into that player from the point. But at this time the B's don't have that type of player.
It could also be that they do not have someone willing to pay the price in front of the net. These guys are rare. Dino the Dog Ciccirelli took a huge beating to score those goals, but others won't. Horton and Lucic should do this, but don't. I don't blame them as it would be a very painful way of making a living.
So my point is this. We don't have the players to have a great PP, so nothing to worry about.
Solution: get the players that can, or work on passing skills in practice.
Nailed it - great post
Sure, that explains why the NYR have such a stellar PP. Put all of your studs out there and they'll score for sure. If only we could get Nash and Gaborik and Richards. Then the team could win some games. I look forward to hearing about how this post makes me a communist.