Hello darkness, my old friend.
After an 0 for 7 night on the power play the Golden Knights have converted just one goal on 28 opportunities since Mark Stone got injured.
The units have been mixed up but the results simply haven’t come with. Vegas has slipped to 18th overall in power play percentage and they are in dead last at 8.8% since January 1st.
There’s a lot right now (on the power play that we need to work on). I don’t think the pace of our power play is where it needs to be, quite frankly. In the zone, we hold pucks too long. We’re at our best when we have quick movement, a play to the net, and then quick recovery. That’s just a mindset we have to have. We had it earlier this year and we’ve had it on the occasional power play and then it’ll disappear on the next one. -Cassidy
The Golden Knights spent this morning in the film room with a focus on what they’ve done right in the past.
We showed video this morning and showed pretty much all of our O-zone goals to try and define what we are in the O-zone. We’re trying to make seam passes against teams that are set in their coverage. We scored one in Montreal (all season), so we’re not that team, so let’s not keep being stubborn. In practice (we’re doing it) and it translates to the game, that’s not who we are. Let’s get back to who we are by getting it low to the goal line and attacking from there. -Cassidy
Cassidy spoke to the game plan he’d like to see the Golden Knights take on the power play moving forward. He said it starts with essentially a shot clock in the mind of the players that lasts around six to eight seconds. At that point, he wants a shot thrown at the net.
You are shooting to set up the next play. Hopefully you are getting a good look where the goalie can’t control his rebound and it’s an on-net situation and our guys are ready for it because we practice it. We know it’s going there so it doesn’t have to be a perfect shot, a wide-open net, or a precision shot, just one that generates a chance to recover a puck. -Cassidy
When the shot is taken, he wants to see the players near the goal converge to recover the inevitable rebound. At that point, when the defensemen are collapsed and facing toward their own goal, the Golden Knights should then have opportunities to make cross-ice passes before the penalty kill settles back into their shape.
When it doesn’t work that way, he gets frustrated.
Our stubbornness to try and slow it down and try to throw it through three sticks on a seam pass. The players are too good. That’s my disappointment with the team that we keep trying to do that when it’s not available. It’s not available in practice and it’s not available in the games. The guys that hang onto the puck just have to move it quicker and accept that and the guys that don’t have the puck have to move quicker to their spots to support it so we can move it quicker. It’s a group of five mentality. -Cassidy
Tonight, the Golden Knights take on the Tampa Bay Lightning and the 11th ranked penalty kill in the NHL. If Vegas stick to the new script, they should be able to break down even a good penalty kill, but if they don’t, the frustration will continue to grow.