REMEMBER THE ONE TIMER? I DO.

Call me old-fashioned but I remember the days when good teams looked for the one timer as a key component of their powerplay.

They didn’t stand around passing to one another like our L.A. Kings do and didn’t wait until a defenseman blocked the lane to take the shot.

They didn’t have one set play that involved getting the puck low and then moving it high to a defenseman who only then had one of three options: (1) pass it back because there is no lane, (2) pivot lateral to find a lane or (3) shoot.  That appears to be our Kings coaching staff’s fundamental strategy.

They did bring a winger or defenseman to the middle of the ice or at the inside circle looking to receive a pass and one time it on net with traffic in front.

They did focus on something other than north-south movement of the puck to create lanes…you know that whole east-west lateral thing that gets the goalie moving and gives the powerplay the chance to fire before the goalie is set.

I know, I’m old fashioned. I see these efficient power plays in the league focus on the one time shot as the catalyst and realize that they old fashioned too.

Screw the old days.

It’s not like the powerplay is about scoring goals because the opposing team is actually short-handed and they are left without the ability to play man to man. Let’s even out the short-handed opponent by neutralizing our own players. It’s more fair that way anyway and, in hockey, it’s all about sportsmanship and gentlemanly play at the end.



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13 replies

  1. You have to make clean accurate passes for the one timer. If you cant get the shooter the puck in his wheel house it makes the one timer very difficult. Work on the passing drills coach.

  2. I use the power play time during a game to do my peeps and poops . That double minor was nice, got to take my time. Wype, and wash my hands. And the only thing I might miss is the pain of watching a short handed goal by the opposing team.

    I for one am a fan of the lack of PP production!

  3. Joking aside, powerplay production is this team’s most important issue right now. Has been very predictable and lacks movement/ creativity. I’m not sure why…a lot of the blogs assign culpability to Kompon. I don’t know.

    Watching that 4 minute powerplay last game was excrutiating.

    This aspect of their game needs to improve if the Kings are going to be competitive…

  4. I suggest that whenever we’re on the PP we send Doughty out on the ice. Within 15 seconds he’ll commit some egregious penalty. That’ll put us in a 4-on-4 situation, one we seem to do better in than the PP.

    It can’t be worse than the status quo, can it?

  5. I hope you guys don’t mind me cut and pasting a post I wrote on another site.

    ” The Kings have yet to try a back door play this season. Trust me I’ve been looking for it. So since they don’t try them(or even attempt them) those plays aren’t a threat. If the Kings penalty killers overload one side of the ice, I gaurentee Detroits weakside D will creep down looking for it. And the player walking out down low will be looking for him. If the Kings walk out down low, it’s almost gauranteed to go up high for a one timer”.

    I’ve been trying to mention the lack of dangerous plays down low to open up plays up high, but I’ve failed in getting anyone to understand. Not being a threat down low means the opposition only has to worry once the play goes from low to high. Once that happens, the other teams are almost always in good position to defend because they know where the shot will be taken, and where the Kings who don’t have the puck will try to position themselves for the shot.

    • Establish the run to set up the play action pass.
      Drive the lane to establish the 3-point or other outside shots.
      Pitch inside to set up the outside corner

      Lather, rinse, repeat….

  6. It’s been claimed that dropping LSD enhances creativity.

    As does having blindfolded sex.

    As does chanting Psalm 23 in pig latin.

  7. I use the power play time during a game to do my peeps and poops . That double minor was nice, got to take my time. Wype, and wash my hands. And the only thing I might miss is the pain of watching a short handed goal by the opposing team. I for one am a fan of the lack of PP production!

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