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The Topic Of The Day Is Detroit’s Power Play

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The emphasis allotted to special teams during training camp appears to be paying off for the penalty kill, which at 84.6% is sixth in the NHL. The power play has converted in four of the last five games but sits in the middle of the pack, at 18.9%.

Dylan Larkin’s unit gets primary credit for power play production, as it has accounted for the last four goals. Two of those goals have come from Martin Frk, however, and he will miss Wednesday’s game against Calgary, and likely a whole week, because of a sore groin. Frans Nielsen will take Frk’s spot on the Larkin unit.

The Henrik Zetterberg unit hasn’t converted since Oct. 20, and it was the one that got 1:49 on a 5-on-3 Oct. 28 at Florida and didn’t convert.

“It’s been a long time since they’ve converted but we’ve had no power plays hardly,” coach Jeff Blashill said after Tuesday’s practice at Little Caesars Arena. “You go through games and you don’t hardly get any power plays and then if you are the second group to go out, you’re getting 40 seconds each time.  They just haven’t had very much time.

 

read on plus some penalty kill talk too...

added 3:23pm, Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website on Luke Glendening and more topic...

Early in the game in Carolina last March 27, Glendening suffered a fractured left ankle and partially torn tendons and he had to miss the final seven games of the season.

On June 5, Glendening had surgery performed by Dr. Don Bohay in Grand Rapids to repair the damage after the team determined that rest and immobilization wasn't going to be enough.

Initially there was some question as to whether Glendening would be ready for training camp as the recovery time for the surgery is three to four months.

"I was a little nervous before the season started, before camp started because I didn't know how my body was going to respond," Glendening said after Tuesday's practice. "I only got to skate a week before camp so I didn't know what to expect but I'm very fortunate I had a good surgeon in Grand Rapids and then my rehab this summer went well. Glad it worked out the way it did."

When camp started, Glendening appeared ready to go and has not missed a beat.

read on and more topics...

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“It’s been a long time since they’ve converted but we’ve had no power plays hardly,” coach Jeff Blashill said

I do not care that much what Blashill says in public, but for god’s sake can he just admit that Z-Kron-Tatar-Nyquist and Abby is a terrible PP unit as it does not have the speed to enter the zone and does not have anybody who can shoot the puck (Tatar’s shot is mia this season). There are so many solutions to this. You can just replace Kron with Daley. Will not solve much, but will be better. If you cannot take Kron off the PP, switch him with Green. And/or give this “first” unit a guy like Larkin or AA who can enter the zone with speed.

Posted by VPalmer on 11/14/17 at 03:25 PM ET

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The Topic Of The Day Is Detroit’s Power Play

ahhhh….topic of the past 5 years…..right?

VP, I’m curious, who would you replace those five guys with? What strategy would you employ? Who would play where and what would their responsibilities be?

Would you really not want Z, one of the best at protecting the puck, on your PP? I can see replacing Kroner (with Daley?). Gus and Tats are no slow pokes either but, I guess for speed you would want….no hands Helm?

18.9% seems pretty good to me considering it’s an improvement over last season’s 15%. League average is about where it was last season at just slightly over 19%. So being just a smidgen below league average, why aren’t we rejoicing?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/14/17 at 03:53 PM ET

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VP, I’m curious, who would you replace those five guys with?

I thought I answered this in my original post, but my idea is to give Z unit one guy with speed who can enter the zone with ease. Either Larkin or AA. As of now all our speedsters are on one unit. Switching Kron for Daley will help zone entry as well. So, you have 2 units: Daley-AA-Z-Abby-Tatar and Green-Larkin-Mantha-Frk-Nyquist. This is more balanced to me.

What strategy would you employ?

I am not Murray to know all the schemes, but to me #1 element you need to have for a successful PP is clean zone entries and constant player movement so you have different options (which is exactly what the Larkin unit has now).

Would you really not want Z, one of the best at protecting the puck, on your PP?

No and I never ever said that.

18.9% seems pretty good to me considering it’s an improvement over last season’s 15%.

The Henrik Zetterberg unit hasn’t converted since Oct. 20. This little fact is why we are not rejoicing. Our PP stopped producing as soon as Kronwall came back from his injury. Lately Larkin unit is producing, but Z unit is not. The reason it’s not producing and not creating many chances (it’s one and done for this unit all the time) is clear to most people except for Blashill.
Does Blashill know more than me? Sure, but this unit has not scored a PP goal for 24 days.

Posted by VPalmer on 11/14/17 at 04:13 PM ET

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“man advantage”

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 11/14/17 at 04:21 PM ET

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Hmmm, the same day The Athletic drops a detailed article on the Wings PP HSJ decides that’ll be her topic du jour. What a coincidence!

Posted by Steve1306 on 11/14/17 at 04:58 PM ET

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I like how Vpalmer spelled out a couple of practical suggestions and then H&H asks for specific examples while putting some other words in his mouth. I almost thought I was reading the posts in reverse chronological order.

I fully understood and support Vpalmer’s ideas. I’ve shared similar ideas several times.

Posted by fatsavage on 11/14/17 at 05:48 PM ET

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Looks like i didnt miss much all day. 90% of the comments on KK are from unsavory types. :/

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/14/17 at 06:21 PM ET

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Looks like i didnt miss much all day. 90% of the comments on KK are from unsavory types. :/

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/14/17 at 06:21 PM ET

5 people sharing opinions on hockey and 1 making a personal attack. I wonder who the “unsavory” one is.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 11/14/17 at 07:11 PM ET

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Oh theres more than one! smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/14/17 at 07:31 PM ET

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...if you are the second group to go out, you’re getting 40 seconds each time.  They just haven’t had very much time.

If only there was a way that Blashill could send the “2nd unit” out first some of the time. But I guess that option isn’t included in the “Process” Manual he uses.  rolleyes

5 people sharing opinions on hockey and 1 making a personal attack. I wonder who the “unsavory” one is.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town

+19

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/14/17 at 07:42 PM ET

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That first unit is now actually the second unit if you go by ice time and who starts first. The Larkin line has been producing so I guess he can’t justify Z’s group starting first anymore.

As for the excuse that they get limited PP time, that was not the case up til a few games ago when he finally threw the Larkin unit out first. What he fails to realize, or is unwilling to admit publicly, is that the first unit stopped producing the moment Kronwall came back.

It’s been that way for most of the past two years so why not recognize it and move Kronwall off the PP…..period. Daley or Jensen would be far better options.

Posted by NewfieWing on 11/14/17 at 08:33 PM ET

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Wait. So the PP went sour when Kronwall returned? That’s odd. I thought he was our best option at walking the line and holding the line? I this is confusing!

Posted by fatsavage on 11/14/17 at 09:28 PM ET

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On the PP, I’m from the “put your best foot forward” group. Trying to have two decent units is a detrimental compromise. Last year, Tatar-Z-Nyquist we’re a failure and we’re left as a unit most of last season using up most of the PPs. This year it’s the kids out there and they’re performing, leave that unit alone. The first unit gets 80 seconds at least, depending on what period were in, after line changes an uninterrupted rush will leave the second unit 20 seconds at best n the offensive zone. IMO there is no second unit, so to speak, there simply isn’t enough time, stack the best players on the the first unit.

Posted by stateofmifan on 11/15/17 at 08:12 AM ET

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I do not care that much what Blashill says in public, but for god’s sake can he just admit that Z-Kron-Tatar-Nyquist and Abby is a terrible PP unit as it does not have the speed to enter the zone and does not have anybody who can shoot the puck (Tatar’s shot is mia this season). There are so many solutions to this. You can just replace Kron with Daley. Will not solve much, but will be better. If you cannot take Kron off the PP, switch him with Green. And/or give this “first” unit a guy like Larkin or AA who can enter the zone with speed. I disagree, though that taking Kronwall off will not “solve much” I think it will solve a lot. I’m also totally opposed to f*cking with the 2nd unit by tying a boat anchor to it in Kronwall too. The only reason why that unit should be broken up is because Daley doesn’t work.

Posted by VPalmer on 11/14/17 at 03:25 PM ET

All unfounded shit-talking towards you aside, you highlight the major issue with that unit: Kronwall. Since he came back that unit has been worthless because he isn’t nearly mobile enough to gain the zone or cycle effectively on our powerplay, especially with Zetterberg on the ice. If it were me, I would just put Daley on there. That should solve the one GLARING problem with that unit. If they still struggle, it might be time for a total rethink of the units.

VP, I’m curious, who would you replace those five guys with? What strategy would you employ? Who would play where and what would their responsibilities be?

Would you really not want Z, one of the best at protecting the puck, on your PP? I can see replacing Kroner (with Daley?). Gus and Tats are no slow pokes either but, I guess for speed you would want….no hands Helm?

18.9% seems pretty good to me considering it’s an improvement over last season’s 15%. League average is about where it was last season at just slightly over 19%. So being just a smidgen below league average, why aren’t we rejoicing?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/14/17 at 03:53 PM ET

To answer your rather dickishly-worded questions:

1-3. At first, just swap the boat anchor for a motor by moving Kronwall off entirely for Daley, whose signing was partly justified as being a good powerplay QB anyway. Let them gel and see what happens for a few games. I’m thinking it works, because that unit’s major issue is gaining the zone, which goes back to Kronwall being the man bringing the puck up. If that fails, it’s time for a total rethink. Then I would roll these:

Unit 1: Nyquist (LW) - Zetterberg - Athanasiou (RW/1-timer) - Abdelkader (Net Front) - Daley
Unit 2: Frk (LW/1-timer) - Larkin - Tatar (RW) - Mantha (Net Front) - Green

Use the Umbrella, because we’re familiar with it.

4. Now you’re just putting words in the guy’s mouth. He never implied taking Z out. Yes, VP says speed is a problem, but that doesn’t mean he wants our powerplay units picked purely on speed. The Helm assumption is just a unique blend of arrogance and hysterics.

5. Now we get to the truly fun bit… Considering Holland’s goal is to be 2% better from last season, now that we’re 4% better than last season I think we’re overdue for a parade. We DOUBLED our goal for this year guys!!!

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 11/15/17 at 09:28 AM ET

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I like how Vpalmer spelled out a couple of practical suggestions and then H&H asks for specific examples while putting some other words in his mouth. I almost thought I was reading the posts in reverse chronological order.

wow. tears are really forming up in my eyes for you.

5 people sharing opinions on hockey and 1 making a personal attack. I wonder who the “unsavory” one is.

[giggle]

To answer your…questions

With your unit #1 utilizing the 1-3-1 might be the best solution but IMO Larkin over AA would be better. During Gus’ good seasons he was producing from the high slot. Gus is too soft to play down low. Z was good there in his prime but not now. In the 1-3-1, Z and Larkin (on wings) might be better suited for feeding Gus or bouncing a shot off Abbey, with Larkin being the 3rd shooting option or penetrator. Using the umbrella telegraphs too much with snipers on both wings. Everyone believes Abbey isn’t a net front threat so the D will move to the perimeter clogging up the outside shots. Watch Frk as the game gets later and later. he moves further and further out to get his shot off.

Unit #2 is better because Mantha has great hands in traffic. Larkin and Green can find him and Tat’s is a great 2nd option threat. Larkin’s still the penetrator. I like the Umbrella with these guys because Larkin can play low using puck handling and speed to draw a dman below the goal creating a 4 on 3 above. He’s also showing a lot of toughness. This makes him dangerous in the way that Z used to be a threat during the cup years. Frk and Tats are the weakness in this lineup because neither are a threat passing the puck which leaves Green as the only true perimeter player. I’m not sure if AA would be an upgrade because he’s too much like Tats (but with less shooting range).

Now you’re just putting words in the guy’s mouth. He never implied taking Z out.

you are right. there is no implying either way….hence…..asking a question…...I’m sorry I didn’t do it in a way you approve of. Maybe you could set a better example.

The Helm assumption is just a unique blend of arrogance and hysterics.
I think we’re overdue for a parade. We DOUBLED our goal for this year guys!!!

now who’s being dickish?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/15/17 at 12:03 PM ET

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