Philadelphia Flyers Putting the “Power” Back in Power Play

February 11th, 2011 by Dominic Perilli Leave a reply »
Like in all sports, a team’s flaws are most exposed in games of great importance.

The main flaw—if you can even call it one—for the Flyers before the All-Star break was the power play; they were ranked an ugly 19th in the NHL.

Many were skeptical about the Flyers’ chances to bring home a Cup without a solid power play—me included.

Something must’ve happened over the break. Something clicked.

Peter Laviolette knew something had to be done to fix this mistake.

Shoot more. Shoot more. Shoot more. It’s that simple.

If you don’t shoot, you can’t score. The Flyers’ power play unit consistently fed the puck to each other with no end result. There were spin moves, luscious stick-handling skills, and magnificent cross-ice passes. But, no goals.

Nowadays, life is a lot better on the ice for the power play unit. In the last 16 power plays, the Flyers scored on three of them, which figures out to around 19%. Though this number may not seem great, it is a pretty respectable percentage.

Currently, the Flyers sit at the number fourteen ...

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