The Arizona Coyotes power play has struggled as of late. It is an issue the team needs to address and correct soon if they are to make the playoffs.
Your power play should not hurt you, but as of late that has been the case for the Coyotes. I don’t want to say that the only reason the Coyotes lost against Anaheim the other night was their power play struggles, but at the same time, it was a factor.
We have already talked about the power play the last few days, but this time around let’s try and address how the team can fix their PP and score some goals!
At the begging of the season, the team was one of the best in the league on the PP, or rather they made their goals count. Since the beginning of January, things have been rather different though.
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If Arizona is going to find some success on the power play it needs to start with how they set things up. Rather than try and get shots in from the point to let’s work the puck to the wing and try and set up a one-timer over to Kessel. I know that in theory that is the Coyotes goal on the power play, but they have not succeeded at that as of late.
Another issue the team has had was entering the zone. Rather than try and pass the puck a million times in the neutral zone how about we have one player rush up ice with options on either side of him to dish the puck to if need be. The Coyotes have been working at the drop pass for a while now but it has not been working.
Dumping the puck in on your power play just does not work. Having someone carry it in is what needs to happen. Even if someone just carries the puck across the line and fires it at the net where crashing forwards can try and get a rebound would be better than the current system.
Only time will tell to see what the Coyotes do moving forward, but one thing is for sure Arizona needs to get the power play going. Imagine if they got a power-play goal last night or the night before. Those games might have ended in a different fashion.