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Fixing The Power Play

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Blashill used the word “tactician," a coach with “different offensive ideas” to describe what characteristics he and Yzerman are looking for in the assistant coach.

“Especially a guy with an offensive kind of mindset, somebody that brings some different, potentially unique, ideas,” Blashill said. “It’s hard to come up with things that are real different or unique in the game, and that’s not necessarily how you win.

“But ultimately is there some fresh ideas or unique ideas or different thought processes?”...

“We need to add to our personnel to get the right fit so our power play has a chance to be more successful,” Yzerman said. "We have to do something different with our power play, for sure. Our power play is 31st, collectively. It struggled the last few years.

"We need to add to our personnel to get the right fit, so our power play has a chance to be more successful and we need to do things a little bit differently than we have done. The spots players are put in and the way we bring the puck up the ice, it needs to be addressed.

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damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

I swear Babcock said they same thing after his power play tanked. How many PP coaches did he go through? Deja Vu? Or just overly defensive systems?

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/04/21 at 05:46 PM ET

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It’s going to be tough to have a successful pp with the roster the way it is and will be for a few years. Even if you get a creative assistant, other teams will figure it out quickly and learn to defend it. Let’s be honest - there aren’t too many puzzles that can’t be solved in hockey.

As long as the roster lacks talent, the power play will lack production.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/04/21 at 06:26 PM ET

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Babcock did say that, and he moved Blashill to GR, and brought in Hillman(?), and lo and behold the power play was top 10 in th league.  At no time in his time as an NHL assistant or head coach has Blashill been associated with even a league average power play.

Posted by akwingsfan on 06/04/21 at 06:26 PM ET

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If it worked for babs stands to reason it’ll work for blash.

Our PP was exceptionally bad because of that terrible stretch.  It’s not super far off and with valeno and seider as regulars and a healthy top 6, with a chance to entries and positioning we could be average quick.  Maybe with Raymond and berggren we could even be, good.

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/04/21 at 06:33 PM ET

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...Our power play is 31st, collectively. It struggled the last few years…

Well, they say the first step to fixing a problem , is admitting there is a problem….

So glad we’ve finally determined there is a problem. How did we ever survive without advanced stats like PP%..... confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/04/21 at 07:32 PM ET

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I like Lambert. Islanders have some good looking PP with no real super stars.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/04/21 at 08:49 PM ET

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So, they are looking for a pig to put lipstick on?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 06/04/21 at 11:25 PM ET

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Problems with the Wing’s power play were due to no movement by players of themselves.  The players were like the old stationary table top hockey game.  They spun around and that was it.  For a large part of the season the puck was going to Zadina on the right side to shoot from one spot,  and that was the plan.  I don’t fault Z for this, I fault the plan if you can call it that.  If you watch Ovech of the Caps, yes he shoots predictably from the left side, but he is in motion back and forth from the left side.  He is not stationary.  Hockey is a game of motion not predictability.

Posted by MABO on 06/05/21 at 08:39 AM ET

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Problems with the Wing’s power play were due to no movement by players of themselves.  The players were like the old stationary table top hockey game.  They spun around and that was it.  For a large part of the season the puck was going to Zadina on the right side to shoot from one spot,  and that was the plan.  I don’t fault Z for this, I fault the plan if you can call it that.  If you watch Ovech of the Caps, yes he shoots predictably from the left side, but he is in motion back and forth from the left side.  He is not stationary.  Hockey is a game of motion not predictability.

Posted by MABO on 06/05/21 at 08:40 AM ET

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