Re: PP Not As Bad As People Think
posted at 3/9/2013 10:30 AM EST
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
I'm not sure they do. What does a good powerplay require?
A quick defenseman with a good shot (QDWGS) would be a benefit. Chara is an unbelievable defenseman, but a quick stick is not something he possesses. The defensemen are so inept as powerplay pointmen that Bergeron and Peverley (and Bourque!) are seen there more often.
Speed and accuracy up front. Marchand and Seguin fit the bill, but the other four slots are average speed (Bergeron, Krejci) or slower (Lucic, Horton). Paille is pretty fast, but on most nights, he couldn't put the puck in the ocean.
So, it's not a powerplay team. It's not Geoff Ward's fault. It's not anyone's fault. They are a 5x5/SH team. They are built to get hardwork goals and to keep goals out of their net.
I agree with your assessment about Chara's stick, Paille's gifted hands, but that's all. Speed is actually more of a neccesity 5 on 5, and SH. The PK is pretty much nothing more than discipline. They're not "built" that way, they just execute that way.
Responsible, offensively gifted forwards play the point on many teams. Not a slight on the Dmen, just the expectation of less offensive pressure from the opposing team.