Henry Hank wrote:I've always fought the fight against the "Fire Yeo" crowd. I've always thought it's been a silly argument for a team that has finished with PPs in the top five every year he's coached here (they finished sixth in 05-06 if you want to split hairs). Again, this year the PP has been a lightning rod subject and the chorus of "Fire Yeo!" is as loud as ever. Here's something I think is interesting. The last two years around this time, the Pens have had an underachieving PP. I've always made the argument that it was only a matter of time before the PP got hot and things would even out. Look at the numbers. These are PP numbers for the last three seasons through the first three months of the season and then after.
Before: 39/230 (17.0%)
After: 55/233 (23.6%)
Before: 34/180 (18.9%)
After: 43/198 (21.7%)
Before: 30/163 (18.4%)
If history is any indication, they'll eventually get it together on the PP and it'll be part of the reason why they catch fire in January and don't look back. Getting Whitney back into the fold can only help, getting Gonchar back eventually is even better. Bottom line: there's too much talent here to have a middling PP. Early struggles on the PP are nothing new to this team just as early struggles in the standings aren't new.
Allow me to twist the reading of your stats HH
The difference between "before" and "after" percentages for PP you listed are:
Now, if we simply extrapolated the trend from these two differences, we would forecast a negative
difference for this season, killing your theory of the upcoming improvement.
Let's not get fooled by the numbers.
How about just looking at how they play.
And that is not pretty.
Their PP is just painful to watch right now.
My personal theory is this.
I have no idea how come the coaches cannot persuade anyone
to make mess in front of the net during PP. If they can't do so,
they should be fired (Yeo, MT, I don't care, someone should go).
If the Pens are lacking the adequate personnel and despite coaches'
requests Shero does not bring that guy over, Shero should be yelled at.