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Power Play shake-up.

Postby OKpensfan247 on Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:50 am

Are you guys seeing the new PP units?

Unit 1 - Sid, Jake, Galchenyuk, Bjugstad, Riikola

Unit 2 - Geno, McCann, Kahun, Schultz, Petterson

Wow.
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Re: Power Play shake-up.

Postby OKpensfan247 on Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:51 am

What an opportunity for Riikola.
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Re: Power Play shake-up.

Postby Puck-Lurker on Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:53 am

Malkin and Crosby on separate units spreads the love around more. I expect it's Sully reducing Geno's minutes a bit, what with the injury he came back from. Could also be to cover more for his defensive shortcomings, but I don't think so. Either way it buffs up the second unit's offense, at the cost of the top one and that's fine. I think Sullivan might use PP2 a little more than he normally does, with Geno on the second unit.

Bjugstad will fill in for Hörnqvist, Riikola for Letang. I expect both to be off the PP once those return to the lineup. Maybe Bjugstad finds a role on the second unit.

So when people return, I'm expecting:
PP1: Crosby, Malkin, Guentzel, Hörnqvist/Galchenyuk, Letang
PP2: McCann, Galchenyuk/Hörnqvist, Kahun, Schultz, <insert-defenseman-here>
... with PP2 getting reduced reps.
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Re: Power Play shake-up.

Postby penny lane on Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:33 am

Based on history the split PP does not work.
But tonight could be different.
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Re: Power Play shake-up.

Postby theblackarts on Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:47 am

I feel like the only thing our PP lacks is intensity. The other top PP's in the league are so exciting to watch... we do a lot of gliding and then anxious shooting while the D unit just kinda stays in position and waits.
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Re: Power Play shake-up.

Postby Pruezy11881 on Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:30 pm

penny lane wrote:Based on history the split PP does not work.
But tonight could be different.

I think the reason it hasn't worked was because it was never really given a chance...Maybe a game or two then it was abandoned. I like spreading the wealth over two units. In theory one unit shouldn't get to extended and get caught tired. Also the opposing team can't stack the PK1 unit with the best defenders because they now have to respect the second PP unit that much more. If I'm not mistaken, Detroit ran 2 units with the stars split up and it worked very well. The only thing is giving the units time to gel... And it won't hurt much to do so since the power play has been Arctic blast cold.
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Re: Power Play shake-up.

Postby pens_CT on Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:39 pm

penny lane wrote:Based on history the split PP does not work.
But tonight could be different.


Typically that's been the case but with Galchenyuk occupying Malkin's spot on the PP it has a much better chance of success.
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Re: Power Play shake-up.

Postby pens_CT on Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:44 pm

OKpensfan247 wrote:What an opportunity for Riikola.


He has a bomb from the point, problem is it takes him too long to release it. I'm just happy to see him in the lineup too bad it's due to injury.
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Re: Power Play shake-up.

Postby sjnhiils on Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:31 pm

It just seems like the opposing team just stays in their box and the Pens pass it around the perimeter. For once I would like to see a power play where the puck doesn't touch the boards because they just fire it around behind the net and do not work it into scoring lanes. Malkin also has to speed up his possession because it is too easy to defend when he is hardly moving his feet!
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