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Is it time for a PP specialist?


Hunter.S-Kerouac

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Ok so we had a dominant performance against the leafs. It was a thing to behold. My only gripe with this season so far in general is our PP%age. Is it time to bring in a PP coach I know we already have 3 assistants which is quite a few. But I feel as though if we can't put a team away on the PP what's to stop them from running our players. Its getting to the point where we have more goals per minute at regular strength.

I'm posting this tonight because I don't want it to get lumped into all the Brutal CDC posts that come out after a loss. And tonight is a perfect example of how the score could have been 6-7 to 0 if we had a PP going.

should we get a PP coach yes/no?

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Nah I don't think so. Just give them time. They will click eventually. Just gotta hit that groove of getting chances and confidence on the PP. Maybe slight changes here and there, but no need to acquire a PP specialist.

thats exactly what we've been saying sine the 2011 finals against boston.... our PP has steadily declined ever since!!! it is so embarrassing!!
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Nope. Seen every game this year and todays in person....it really is just bad luck. They dominate the PP's majority of the time and for some reason just can't score. I'm blaming it on the many passes which is nice but when they have an opening, they shouldn't think twice and should just shoot it.

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Nope. Seen every game this year and todays in person....it really is just bad luck. They dominate the PP's majority of the time and for some reason just can't score. I'm blaming it on the many passes which is nice but when they have an opening, they shouldn't think twice and should just shoot it.

Maybe it's just the game against Toronto tonight, but i disagree. The D doesn't know when to shoot, they're passing the puck WAY TOO SLOWLY, and they're just trying to execute the same play over and over. Yes they need confidence, but it seems like they're lacking the creativity a PP specialist can bring too.

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I'd like to see Weber on the point on the powerplay. You could have him and Garrison on the point for one timers (Weber is also a PP QB) and then have Edler and Bieksa on the second pairing. This allows one timers from both sides for both units and Weber is only replacing Hamhuis on one unit, so it's not that big of a deal.

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Personally, I'm glad that our team is having these struggles on the power play. Why? Because it's forcing the Canucks to find other ways to win. In the playoffs, when the whistles get put away for better or for worse, we're going to have to win without relying on the power play. Expecting the officiating to be half decent has proven to be too much to ask (not just for our team but any team) in recent years.

With that said, we have a lot of skill on our power play and have had a lot of territorial play, even if the chances and finish aren't quite there. The results will come eventually.

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Personally, I'm glad that our team is having these struggles on the power play. Why? Because it's forcing the Canucks to find other ways to win. In the playoffs, when the whistles get put away for better or for worse, we're going to have to win without relying on the power play. Expecting the officiating to be half decent has proven to be too much to ask (not just for our team but any team) in recent years.

With that said, we have a lot of skill on our power play and have had a lot of territorial play, even if the chances and finish aren't quite there. The results will come eventually.

Perfectly said

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Personally, I'm glad that our team is having these struggles on the power play. Why? Because it's forcing the Canucks to find other ways to win. In the playoffs, when the whistles get put away for better or for worse, we're going to have to win without relying on the power play. Expecting the officiating to be half decent has proven to be too much to ask (not just for our team but any team) in recent years.

With that said, we have a lot of skill on our power play and have had a lot of territorial play, even if the chances and finish aren't quite there. The results will come eventually.

+1 for being a mod and voicing an opinion :P

+1 for saying our team :P

+1 for... well, I'm outta +1's for the day

Seriously tho I've been thinking the same thing - come playoff time, 5v5 we've never been better. I haven't been this excited for a while.

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No, we have good pieces, but they just need to be re-arranged IMO.

To fix that first unit, I would go (***not the face-off formation, just how they'd be arranged after***)

Henrik - Kesler - Danny

Weber - Garrison

to take advantage of Danny's handedness, if he's willing to be less predictable as the passer OR shooter from the right side.

- people know Hank won't shoot

he can

1 - feed Kes down low for a close-up shot or,

2 - pass to Danny for one-timer/ snipe/ pass to either Kes or back to his brother, while ON HIS FOREHAND

- Hank passing to either Kes down low/ Danny on his forehand > Hank to Danny on his backhand

- #22 can also wire from the right wing

Yannick and Garry, with their mobility and bombs, can do what Doughty and Johnson did for the Kings years ago when their PP terrorized us in the 1st round.

(Watch play #4 and picture Danny doing that! :frantic: )

2nd unit, I would do this (also not the face-off formation, just how they'd be arranged after):

Santorelli - Kassian - Higgins/ Burrows

Bieksa - Edler

- Kass in front to work push-offs like he did in his goal tonight and to help the cycle

- Santo can work along the left side boards

- Higgins can poach backdoor or snipe from the right-side circle

Bieksa and Edler can also move and bomb. This opens up so many more options for diagonal passes and one-timers.

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Give the Canucks till 30-40 games in before we make a drastic decision like a trade for a PP quaterback or sniper. Right now the powerplay isn't costing us games (today it won us the game). PP% doesn't matter, what matters is WHEN the powerplay scores, and against Toronto it got us the huge game winner just moments after it seemed Reimer was going to shut us out with some highlight reel saves.

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In before the Hof get's mentioned.

Schneider

Connauton

Gragnani

Salo

Weber

The .org finally recognised a perennial weakness with the drafting of Subban.

However,it will be years before he ever commands an NHL blueline - if ever.

Chemistry between an underachiever /unnoticed gem with a specialist can overcome this team's weakness.

However,this team has not found an underachiever that has elevated and there does not seem to be a partner that can match up with Alex.

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