netwolf wrote:I'm of the opinion that the biggest problem is gaining the zone. They try to gain the zone with control of the puck, but for whatever reason, can't do it and they end up dumping it in right at the blue line. Now, the puck is back deep and the only attacking player that hits the line with any speed was the guy dumping it in. Everyone is is stopped at the blue line waiting for the puck.
If they are going to dump it in on the power play, the dump in needs to happen as soon as the puck crosses center red so the other players can hit the blue line with speed. They might have a chance at retrieving it then.
When the PP struggled in the past, it was for the exact same reason. When Gonch is in the line up, teams that have contained the Pens' PP did it by going after him in the neutral zone as he was the only Pen usually carrying the puck and forcing him to dump it early and blindly left the other 4 Penguins just standing still at the blueline.
If there is a criticism of Mike Yeo that I think is valid in regards to the PP, it would be the predictability of how the Pens try to carry the puck into the zone almost every time and too many guys standing in one spot that cannot react to anything that goes awry.