Popular Post *Buzzsaw* Posted November 11, 2019 Popular Post Share Posted November 11, 2019 Canucks have now lost or lost in OT four games in a row. And there is a simple reason why... the rest of the league has the book on the Canucks' offense. It didn't take very long, because the Canucks offense is very simple to analyze. 90% of the time this is what you will see from the Canucks on the attack: - Forward skates over the Red line... shoots it into the D zone. Rest of the forwards chase the puck. - Hard pass from the D to a forward standing at the opposition Blue line, forward deflects it into the D zone. Forwards chase the puck. This is as simple an offense as you can get... and yes, it can work at times. But you need to have all your forwards moving at full speed when the puck is shot or deflected... and you need to place the shoot in where the opposing D aren't... or where the goalie can't stop it. But if your timing is not right on, its an easy collect for the D, and its out. And if the Dump and Chase is not working, you need to have something else in your back pocket as an alternative, because if you don't, then you have no offense. (like the Canucks have no offense now) When a pass is deflected into the zone by a forward standing at the blue line, the chances of retrieving a puck are even less, because that forward is probably standing still... and likely the other forwards are also not moving at full speed because timing is more complex with a deflected puck. Here's what the opponent's do to counter: - First of all, the opposing goalie is told to be ready to retrieve the puck as a priority... and when he doesn't have to worry to much about the Canuck forward carrying the puck over the blue line and attacking the net, it makes his job easy. From there its up to the his D and out. Modern goalies are better puck handlers than ever before... one of the reasons why most of the coaches in the NHL prefer to have their players gain the zone in possession instead of dumping it in. - 2nd, the defense can cheat back if they know there won't be any attempt to carry the puck in... no reason to line up at the blue line if nobody in front of you has the puck. Cheating back means there is even less chance for a Canuck forward to retrieve the puck. Dump and chase rewards the dumping side with puck possession about 1/2 the time... if everything is working. If timing is off, percentage drops. Even when the puck is retrieved, the chances of a good shot are limited. Most of the time the puck is sent back to the point. (what you see with the Canucks) Shots from the point are low percentage... especially in even strength situations. The other common result when the puck is retrieved is possession behind the enemy net... and the Canuck player then tries to set someone up out front... with the inevitable problem in doing this at even strength when the assigned checker is draped all over the Canuck with the puck... plus opposing D blocking any attempts to center. Very rarely does a dump and chase reward a team with possession in front of the net with a clear shot from the area of the face off circles or right between the circles. Dump and chase is also way more demanding of the energy of the forwards than carrying the puck into the zone. The amount of time required to retrieve the puck... the amount of effort to physically move the opposing D off the puck... the amount of time spent cycling... all of this requires a huge amount of effort on the part of the offensive players who are engaged in Dump and Chase. If you watch most teams in the league... you will see they emphasize entering the zone in possession... if you watched the last three teams the Canucks played... (Jersey, Winnipeg, Chicago) only one of which is considered a Contender... all of them focus on entering the zone in possession. Very rarely do they dump the puck in.... only on line changes or unusual situations. Even poorly performing teams manage to enter the zone in possession. Now some of you might say the Canucks don't have the skills to play a game which centers on entering the zone in possession... but that is clearly false. Canucks have a group with excellent speed.... Pettersson, Horvat, Pearson, Leivo, Baertschi, Hughes, Myers... even Brock Boeser can generate good speed if he is allowed to wind up. Unfortunately rarely to the Canucks use that speed due to the coaching system they are playing under. All through the Jersey game there were hardly any rushes with speed which saw the Canucks enter in possession. The one exception was Brock Boeser's goal... he was allowed to wind up... then receive a drop pass at speed... enter the zone, blast past the D and get a good shot. There is no reason why this team cannot be coached to play with speed and passing... using all the techniques of a good rushing team... i.e. criss crossing, drop passes, long stretch passes, etc. etc. No reason except that Coach Green hasn't taken the time to teach them. Until this coach starts to display more imagination in how he structures his offense, the team will continue to struggle. The early season is past... the rest of the league knows what they'll see from the Canucks... and they already have the methods to neutralize the team. 2 1 1 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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