Originally Posted by jkhunter
I agree with the PP I've been saying it all along just look at my previos posts, That said it may have something to do with injuries. Don't you think?
I can't believe Boston went 0-33 on their PP. They made me eat my words yesterday
The injuries certainly didn't do the Pens any favors on the PP or anywhere else....that's for sure. However, I think the problem is their PP scheme.....the X's an O's if you will.
Here's three Penguins PP schemes that we've seen all year....and why they don't work.
3 forwards down low.....2 defensmen way out at the blue line. Nobody in front of the net. PK has 4 defending players....2 down low, 2 cutting off the access to the blue line. Puck cleared, penalty killed very easily. This one almost always looks like there's more PK's than PP's on the ice!
Half the time they kill their PP all by them selves by having 2 D on the same side and shooting the puck...rebound goes out the other side because there's 1) nobody in front of the net 2) forwards on the half-boards out of reach of exiting rebound and/or 3) nobody in the slot at all. The PK is set up in the slot and clears anything there. They do this all the time on 5v5 too!
Another problem is speed. They seem to want to go into the zone and set up shop...fine an well. Problem is they do it at the speed of smell! The PK then forces them to pass the puck a certain way or get striped/grind it out on the boards(an in-zone trap). PK dictates what's happening in zone. They almost never even get a shot off when they try this scheme.
Bylsma seems to worry about the entrance on the PP. It isn't the entrance that's the problem....it hasn't been the problem though he's changed that up a bit recently. The problem is what to do once entry is gained. In this regard he seems to either A) have no flippin' clue or B) wants his schemes to work so badly that he's unwilling to change them out for something that works. Want to see a stellar PP....look at Detroit. It's super simple and almost silly how well it works. Gain zone, add speed and a pass or two and push everyone to the net....that's it! It puts the PK on it's heels and allows the PP to get shot after shot from all over the place at short range.
On Boston: The PP wasn't as big in that series because they could score goals 5v5....and enough of them. Same for the Habs though they did get some PPG's. It was a big factor for the Pens because they had trouble generating any kind of offense to begin with. The Lightning didn't have to worry much about the Pens PP so they could focus on the Pens PK. When you can dedicate time to picking apart the opponents PK you're going to beat it. When you're committed to 'playing your game' and reluctant to adjust to whatever needs adjusting you're going to lose. Bylsma and the Penguins proved that this series.