Bathgate wrote:Let me state the premise another way. A Penguins player has the puck around the high slot and has 2 clear scoring options:
Option A: He can attempt to shoot the puck, but has to beat the goalie and any defensemen trying to block or break up the shot.
Option B: He can attempt to pass to a teammate at the side of the goal who might have an open net to score in, but the pass has to be accurate and get through to where the teammate can handle it and the teammate has to convert the pass to a shot on the open part of the net before the goalie slides over.
I say that in general, shooting (Option A) is a higher percentage scoring play because so many more things can go wrong with a pass (Option B). Unfortunately, Sid and most of the Penguins will instinctively attempt the pass way too often.
All this does is beg the question: Should we shoot low percentage shots or learn to pass accurately. You didn't show me that the penguins pass more than other teams, you just asserted that when we do things go wrong.
I won't disagree with your conclusion - if we can't handle a pass, we should shoot the puck or learn to handle the pass.