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Canucks struggling with the man advantage

Mar 5, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

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It’s usually hard to complain about a power play that ranks third in the NHL, but there’s reason for worry in Vancouver.

Consider:

—- The Canucks have scored just once with the man advantage in their last seven games.

—- They’ve scored just eight times with the man advantage in their last 24 games.

—- They haven’t scored more than one PP goal in a single game in almost two months.

—- They just traded away Cody Hodgson, the key cog on the second unit.

Opponents also know they have to stay out of the box against the Canucks, and for the most part they’ve been doing just that.

Add the widespread belief that referees have become more tolerant of hooking, holding and other forms of obstruction, and it becomes doubly important for the Canucks to take advantage of the opportunities they get.

“We’ve tried to simplify things, get a lot of shots,” Daniel Sedin said, as per The Province. “That’s always been key to our power play, get the first shot on net and then things open up.”

  1. mj6rings - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    They need to get rid of the drop pass when they are trying to get set up

    • kitshky - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      ..or at least switch it up once and awhile so it’s not so bloody predictable.

  2. haterzgonahate - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    it’s easy to struggle on the man advantage when you don’t get the man advantage as often as you used to. either the opposing teams are getting smarter against them or the officials are gearing up for the – anything goes, so let’s put the whistle away – playoff mode. probably a little bit of both

    • taytay099 - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Penalties seem to be going down league wide lately. I personally like it since I really hate those lame hooking, slashing and interference calls that they started making since the lockout.

  3. hsnepts - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I dont think the zone entry is the problem – the nucks are actually good at getting set up.

    heres my breakdown of the PP issues.

    Henrik is dangerous from behind the net, with Danny and Kes cruising in circles. So the defenders let the nucks to set up with Henrik on the right boards. They basically give the right boards to Henrik. Kes goes in front, and Danny takes his usual spot on the left boards.

    but:
    Henrik (shoots left) doesnt shoot very much. He wants to set up from there.
    Danny (shoots left also) is now on his off-wing, so can’t one time the puck. its gotta be tap-ins.
    So that leaves the 2 dmen as the only effective shooters. if the defenders aggresively cover the 2 points, they will effectively eliminate all of Vancouver’s one-time slapshot options. it leaves hank on the right boards with 3 inferior options:
    try and dish the puck through the slot for danny to tap it in
    try a short feed into kes in the slot
    shoot

    some fixes:
    try and get henrik to run the PP from the left boards (on his backhand).
    take danny off, put burrows in front, and let kes sit in the hole in the left (he shoots right). yeah take danny off… that doesnt make sense to me either.
    tell salo to get into the hole on the left, and let danny play at the back. that opens up 3 shooters. danny on the point… it worked against detroit.

    thoughts?

  4. upyoursnfu - Mar 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    When they choke again in the playoffs, their ignorant fans will burn their city down again. What clowns.

    • haterzgonahate - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      getting to game 7 of the SCF is hardly a choke, and a couple of car fires is hardly “burning down the city” but whatever.. hater’s gonna hate!!

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