Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 1/14/13
Hockey will be back soon and finally we can start talking about the systems and strategies of this great game we all know and love. One of the most critical – and contested – aspects of the Rangers system in 2012 was their power play. For the sake of brevity, I will just say that last year’s mediocre power play was not due to coaching decisions or their umbrella formation (seen above). The problem was a lack of execution based on limited personnel. Penalty killers could key in on one guy and knew the others either wouldn’t sense open ice (hockey IQ) or put a quality shot on net. So how can Nash help the Rangers improve? 1) Zone Entries The Rangers were subpar at crossing the blueline with the puck. This was because Richards was the only guy who was comfortable handling rubber through penalty killer traffic. Nash gives them another option, which will help spread coverage. 2) The cycle Cycling the puck is a start. Cycling players is what creates defensive miscues. The purpose of any power
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