Last Friday during his press conference, Alain Vigneault fielded many questions about the power play and what he will do to get it going.
He said, In theory you need to have either two right handed shots and three left handed shots or three righty and two lefty, otherwise one of our issues this past season in Vancouver was that with the injuries we had five left handed shots.”
Vigneault said that it’s too easy for penalty killers to cover lanes and block shots when there are a group of players on the ice who shoot the same way, “when you have those one-touch passes options, the one-time shot, it makes it a lot more challenging for the opposition. If you have that, and a skill set and guys that want to learn you can have a power play that wants to go.”
Vigneault said that he is confident he will be able to get the power play to work.
Newell Brown, who ran the PP for Vigneault in Vancouver, told the Vancouver Sun “when you’re trying to run a power play with five left shots, which we were forced to do a lot this year, you’re really swimming upstream. Seventy-seven per cent of the power-play goals are scored with at least two right shots, so that tells you a lot right there. Not to say there are exceptions to the rule, but when you have five left shots, or even four, your chances of scoring are diminished.”
The right-handed shots the Rangers had on their roster in the playoffs were Derek Dorsett, Steve Eminger, Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, Anton Stralman, Arron Asham and Dan Girardi.
Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Stepan, Callahan, Derick Brassard, Michael Del Zotto, Mats Zuccarello and Girardi were the Rangers who averaged over two minutes per game on the PP in the playoffs.