Thrashers power play improving

After a poor start to the season, the Thrashers power-play is continuing to get better and become a legitimate threat. The team has scored power-play goals in each of the past six games and the unit is currently tied for seventh in the NHL (9-for-42, 21.4 percent).

Here is Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay’s take on the recent success:

“[Associate coach] John Torchetti is doing a good job of teaching the guys to be ready to shoot it,” Ramsay said. “A lot of times power plays look for something better. Penalty killers hope that they do. It’s important for us to be ready to shoot it. The flaw for us was the 5-on-3 (Wednesday against the Rangers). We just fanned on the one good setup. We’ve got to be ready to capitalize on that. Other than that, it’s been great movement, great speed coming up the ice and the ability to win those battles down low.”

6 comments Add your comment

litz

October 29th, 2010
12:33 pm

I think the answer is more simple than that …

It boils down to : when you aren’t constantly on the PK, your team is more able to handle a good, offensive, PP … those endless PK’s just wear you down.

Brendan

October 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

Special teams improvement is a big thing. Much of today’s game is special teams’ driven. If Atlanta’s PP unit can be in the upper third of the NHL all year, it would be a big help.

KLS1

October 29th, 2010
1:59 pm

Enstrom single handedly duffed that 5 on 3…he’ll get it together, but that was just one mistake after another from the man running the point.

Barry

October 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

Ya special teams held the Thrashers back last season. They lost several games solely because of poor special teams on both sides.

Joe McGrath

October 29th, 2010
4:06 pm

Buf isn’t afraid to shoot from the point, is he? He keeps it up like this (getting those growling, organic shots off and through traffic to net) and I’ll give up on wanting him play fwd on PP. Dude had it going on against the Rags. I’m really pleased with his play so far. He’s not lazy as most BH fans claimed. He seems to always be where he needs to be. He plays with a bit of a mean streak too.

Michael B. Shapiro

October 30th, 2010
9:39 am

KLS1 is right. Tobi looks like he’s afraid to shoot the puck and when he does choose to shoot he’s waited too long and gets blocked. He needs to think shoot or pass immediately, not wait. Far too often he’s looking for that old Kovalchuk era perfect screen time to shoot. Just put the freakin’ puck on the net and something good (an opening, a deflection, a rebound) will happen. Wait too long and the puck gets blocked up high and suddenly it’s off to the races on an odd-mad rush by the short handed team.