meow wrote:I'm against Malkin, and Crosby, on the PK for two reasons that I have not seen mentioned here yet. One, I want the first shift after we kill a penalty to be Malkin, Crosby, Neal to immediately build off the momentum of the kill. Two, if the PP takes a penalty, which does not happen often but still occurs, I want a fresh Malkin or Crosby to spill over the boards to play 4-on-4.
Malkin definitely can excel at killing penalties. Just because he doesn't play stellar D 100% of the time doesn't mean he isn't capable of it.
I'm not sure of the numbers, but as much as we see the stacked line of Sid, Geno and whoever coming on the ice after a kill, I don't recall us having much of a success rate with that plan of attack. Bylsma runs it all the time, but I don't recall us scoring a ton of goals or generating a ton of momentum by using it. Maybe someone can refresh me?
People better get used to it, Martin is known for using his stars on the PK and he might be whispering in Byslma's ear regarding that theory. Whether is comes to fruition or not remains to be seen.
As good as our PK was in the playoffs, it was horrible during the regular season and we really lacked that bit of an offensive threat we seemed to have when we had Max, Staal, or even Armstrong in the mix. Now we've lost Cooke as well. As much as Sid could get injured on the PK, he could get injured 5 on 5 too.
I look back to our regular PK'rs over the years (Cooke, Staal, Adams, Dupuis, Glass, etc) and don't recall a ton of major injuries coming on the PK. I'm willing to give Sid and Geno a chance to see what could happen. Creating offensive chances while still being solid on the PK is a huge momentum shifter and I'd like to see that in our game once again.