Popular Post *Buzzsaw* Posted December 18, 2019 Popular Post Share Posted December 18, 2019 There is no question this team has plenty of firepower and players who can shoot the puck and score. When you consider Pettersson, Boeser, Miller, Horvat, Hughes, Pearson, Sutter and Virtanen, there is no reason to doubt we have players will puck skill. We have also got a team with plenty of speed, considering Virtanen, Horvat, Miller, Pearson, Pettersson, Hughes, Roussel and Gaudette. But this team is challenged to score at even strength. Let's look at the facts.... below is a list of the top 5 NHL teams as well as their overall goal scoring and percentage PP scoring. Washington 101 even strength goals - 24 PP goals, total goals125... 19.2 % of total from PP. Boston 91 even strength goals - 27 PP goals, total goals 118... 22.9% of total from PP. St Louis 83 even strength goals - 24 PP goals, total 107 goals... 22.4% of total from PP. NY Islanders 80 even strength goals - 15 PP goals, total 95 goals... 15.8% of total from PP. Colorado 96 even strength goals - 23 PP goals, total 119 goals... 19.3% of total from PP. Now look at Vancouver: Vancouver 79 even strength goals... 32 PP goals, total of 111 goals... 28.8% of goals from PP. The Canucks have a significantly higher percentage of their goals from the PP.... and they are fortunate to have had a huge number of PP opportunities... otherwise they would be much worse in the standings. The Canucks have less even strength goals than notoriously defensive minded teams like St Louis and the Islanders. Look at the total of even strength goals per game for Washington and Vancouver: Washington: 2.89 goals per game even strength Vancouver: 2.25 goals per game even strength Depending on your PP to win games does not have a long term sucess record. Other teams can avoid taking penalties... and in the Playoffs, the whistles get put away. The question is, why is this team challenged to score at even strength? Quite simply, the coaching style that Green is promoting is not up to the standards of the NHL. It is not allowing the team to consistently gain the O-Zone in possession of the puck. If you look at the even strength goals the Canucks have scored in the last two months... most of them have not resulted from Dump and Chase... they have resulted from players gaining the O-Zone in possession... Adam Gaudette's last two goals are perfect examples. When you gain the O-Zone in possession, it almost always results in a shot... and the opportunity for a rebound. In fact, Green's system, which heavily relies on Dump and Chase, requires more effort... it is a fact Dump and Chase requires more energy to execute than pass to enter or carrying the puck into the zone... Players must forecheck to regain possession. And even if they regain the puck, they are on the boards, not moving with speed, and away from a clear shot at the front of the net. This team did well at the start of the season with Green's system... when they had lots of energy and the other team's were loosey goosey. But things have tightened up, goals have gotten scarcer, and Green has not adapted. With the exception of moment's of genius by Quinn Hughes, the team does not have a system in place to gain the O-Zone in possession. Green's basic system is dump and chase... the players will try to gain the zone in possession, but they have not been coached in the systems and structures which will allow them to do that consistently. What we see is: - Dump in at the Red line - Defenseman shoots the puck at a forward standing at the opposing blueline and he deflects it in - One player tries to carry the puck in without support - Two or three players line abreast try to move in together.... if they get across the blue line the puck is usually dumped to the wing, followed by a shot on net with the hope for a rebound. - Single winger enters and button hooks, but almost never has support What you don't see: - Canuck players criss cross prior to the blue line to confuse the defense. - Timed drop pass to a follow up forward or D after the initial player crosses the blue line. - Timed button hooks to the follow up player moving at speed through the center of the ice. - Spacing of entries to allow the followup on the wing to receive a drop pass from the initial winger entry... followed by a cut to the middle of the ice. In most cases it comes down to positioning and lack of support.... which are the basics.... they should be on any Coaches playbook. Green says he wants to simplify the Canuck's game... but he has simplified it to the point it is completely predictable. 3 1 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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