Why is the Bruins powerplay so bad?

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    Re: Why is the Bruins powerplay so bad?

    My idea for the PP.

    Umbrella with

     ............Chara
    Bergeron...........Krejci
    .............Horton
    Lucic in the corners.

    Worth a shot.
     
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    Re: Why is the Bruins powerplay so bad?

    Point new guy.  It's a huge system failure.  The entry has too many set steps, and then, especially when they're struggling, they rely on that back to the D for the shot/tip drill.  No one can get to the front of the net because they're either retrieving the puck off the wall or standing still.  No movement, no down low plays, no set plays designed to break down the coverage.

    Last time the PP looked good (can't remember the exact game I'm thinking of...) they had a few entries on the fly where the puck carrier hit a forward mid-blueline who then pushed it to the far winger or left it back for the rushing D/F who made the original pass to carry it further in.  Worked 2 of 3 times I saw it...and then they abandoned it when they turned it over the third time.

    It's also way too easy to say "oh, they don't have the talent!  Go get the talent!"  That's BS.  Krejci and Bergeron have both been excellent on the PP, Bergeron at more than one position.  Horton can be both a side of the net finisher and a high-slot shooter.  Chara isn't a great passer, but most teams would like that bomb.  Lucic can pass and he's getting better every year as a short-range scorer.  The problem is - they aren't executing.

    Someone here made the point that they're passing into the skates, handling the puck like a grenade, and making bad decisions.  You can have all the talent in the world, but if you're second-guessing every move because you aren't scoring - or because you have this prescribed entry you're trying to execute (rather than just trying to score) - you'll look like a Junior B team.  New players aren't the answer.

     
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    Bruins wingers like to play on the perimeter, very seldom do they have a guy in front of the net.  Recchi is one of the few players that parks himself in front of the net.  They need more net front presence.  Horton & Ryder insist on snapping wristers from the perimeter, if they would just go to the front of the net, that would cause some havoc in the crease, draw the d-men in, and create space for the other players on the PP.
     
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    Re: Why is the Bruins powerplay so bad?

    In Response to Re: Why is the Bruins powerplay so bad?:
    [QUOTE]Bruins wingers like to play on the perimeter, very seldom do they have a guy in front of the net.  Recchi is one of the few players that parks himself in front of the net.  They need more net front presence.  Horton & Ryder insist on snapping wristers from the perimeter, if they would just go to the front of the net, that would cause some havoc in the crease, draw the d-men in, and create space for the other players on the PP.
    Posted by ocram[/QUOTE]

    Well said, ocram.  The Sens used to plant Chara in front of the net on the PP and he'd cause massive problems for the opposition.  He was tough to move which led to goalies having a hell of a time seeing around him as the puck was coming their way. 

    If Julien or Ward are so in love with their idea of having Chara's big shot from the point then they've forgotten Boychuk can also rifle them from the blue line. 

    Presently, the Bruin PP is a near non-entity in its ineffectiveness which nullifies what offensive skills the club does have on the roster in the form of Ryder, Wheeler, Krejci and even Seguin.  The PP strategy does not appear to be conceived to make use of whatever skill set the more offensively-minded Bruins have.
     
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    Re: Why is the Bruins powerplay so bad?

    That's easy.  

    The Bruins don't have a legit power play sniping forward (let alone more than one) other teams have to fear and account for.  

    They don't have much speed at either forward or defense so the extra open ice on the PP doesn't do anything for the Bruins because they have few players that can carry the puck with speed through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone.  

    And they lack a true PP QB and have guys out there on D on the power play that wouldn't even breathe PP time on most teams.

    How do you remediate these issues?  

    They need a legit PP Defenseman or two like a Kaberle but even a guy like Andy Greene would be a huge boost from our current crop.

    They need a legit PP sniper and or a legit PP QB.  Brad Richards solves both of these problems but that's a pipe dream.  So I'm not sure, barring a miracle trade, the Bruins will be able to address this part of the problem this season.

    The only "player oriented" solution here may be to give guys like Seguin, Marchard and Wheeler (i.e. guys with speed) more PP time and maybe try to bring in a forward who brings goal scoring touch, speed and or creativity to the table but one that one cost the farm to go get like Richards.  Not sure that player exists.  (For the record Paille has speed but hands of stone and virtually zero finishing skill, so he's not included in the PP equation).

    It's tough to see any solution to the Bruins PP problems this year.  The real solution to the problem this season is probably going to have to be exceptional 5 on 5 play (including forcing opponents to take more penalties) as well as a dominant PK.  Score more goals 5 on 5, play hard and force teams to take penalties and don't let the opposition score on their special teams chances.  Unfortunately that seems like the most realistic solution to the PP problems this season anyway.


     

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