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Started by Peter D., October 25, 2011, 10:33:14 AM
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Quote from: Saint Nik on October 25, 2011, 11:15:19 AMOne of the things that I think is hurting them is that if the Leafs' plan is what we've seen with a lot of the puck on the perimeter and shots from the point then they don't really have a variety of weapons from the point. Phaneuf has been good so far but other than him I'm not sure I'm convinced that there's a danger when the puck is with any other of the defensemen. Gardiner is probably the closest at this point but even he's been having trouble getting decent shots through.
Quote from: Peter D. on October 25, 2011, 10:33:14 AMAs we all know and have discussed, this area has been a huge weakness under Wilson's tenure. Whether or not it was the doing in of the team (meaning, making the playoffs or not) these past few years is up for debate. But the talent has been put in place and the expectation is that there is no excuse now for the team to not succeed. For the team to reach its goal of the playoffs, it's been said the special teams have to improve immensely. Well, 8 games in, the boys find themselves 17th in PP% and 25th in PK%. The latter is obviously a huge area of concern. Perhaps we can use this thread as a way to update throughout the year the team's progress (or lack there of), discuss tendencies, praise the good things, and of course, pick apart the bad.I'll start by focusing on the PP. It's a new thing they're trying where the team has someone carrying up the puck through the neutral zone only to have a trailer in behind get the pucked dropped to them. From there, they try to penetrate the zone. I'm not certain who is in charge of the PP from the new assistants, but it must be their doing.I just find this isn't really working. For one, I have found that the extra two or three seconds in which the trailer picks up and carries the puck forces the remaining three players to stop dead in their tracks come the blueline. There is no penetrating pressure since they are almost at a standstill. With that, it's almost as if the opposing teams put a wall with 4-across and thwart any rush within seconds.That's my perception -- perhaps others see it differently. I don't have the solution, and don't know if the Leafs are quick enough nor strong enough to try to dump it in and retrieve it, but things have to change.Thoughts?
Quote"This is getting ridiculous allowing two power-play goals every game," said a frustrated David Steckel in conversation with the Leaf Report following the game. "They won the special teams battle tonight and it was a one-goal game. If one of those goals doesn't go in, we're looking at a point and possibly getting two on the road."I hope guys are as tired of it as I am. We need to start taking care of it."..."We've sat down a couple times and talked as a group about things that we need to do and we've been doing them," said Steckel. "But at the same token, we haven't been doing enough."Wilson lamented "mental mistakes" – Jaromir Jagr, like Greening, also managed a breakaway against the Leafs penalty kill earlier in the week – while Steckel pointed to a host of different issues, some that were addressed, some that were not."First and foremost is blocking shots or getting in shooting lanes, which we did tonight," he explained, "but they also got a bunch of shots through."We were aggressive tonight; they had to dump the puck in, they didn't really get easy entries and we talked about that, stepping up and supporting our [defence]. It's funny; we do a lot of the things right, but not everything."
Quote from: Potvin29 on November 07, 2011, 11:17:42 PMMirtle the turtle with an article about the PK:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/leafs-beat/for-toronto-the-penalty-kills-a-killer/article2228687/
Quote from: drummond on November 03, 2011, 12:29:15 PMhttp://mapleleafshotstove.com/2011/11/03/the-real-penalty-killing-problems/good read and visual explanation why the Leafs have such problems to kill a penalty
QuoteGreg Cronin did coach the best NCAA penalty kill ever
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