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The Slow Painful Death of the Powerplay

The powerplay has been the demise of the Canucks and if you look closely at the regular season it should come as no surprise.

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As you see I have broken down the year into quarters and focused on the PP and PK numbers.

The terrible PP has not just appeared, it has been developing over time and when facing the Kings who had a PK% over 90% for their last 21 games, it only gets worse. Throw in the fact Daniel is out of the lineup and I believe we have the perfect storm for ineptitude.Trying to slot someone into Daniel's spot while running the same system didn't work for the regular season games Daniel missed (Canucks went 4 for 39), so why did the coaching staff think it would be any different against the Kings.

The Canucks PP dominated last year until teams had time to study it and adjust in the Playoffs. And that system was studied even further this year as more teams went looking for the drop pass or rushed two or three guys at the blue line to stop the initial pass. The Canucks are not a good dump and chase team, especially when they do not use it for most of the year.

If the coaching staff is around next year, they may want to make some serious adjustments to the PP and get rid of that drop pass and focus on getting more shots on net and bodies in front.

***sidenote: if you take out the first game against Chicago this year (5/6 PP) and the game against Bos (4/11 PP), the Canucks PP% would have been 17.7% for the year. (Tied for 13th with Calgary)

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