Ian Clark's On Hockey: Monarchs yet to flip switch on power play
At the top of the “needs work” list is the power play. Manchester is just 12-for-87 for 14 percent on the power play this season. That’s 26th out of 30 teams in the AHL. The Monarchs are just 1-for-18 with the man advantage in the past six games.
“The way the game is now with as many penalties as there are, it’s definitely an area we need to improve at and an area I can take a little responsibility to improve at. Sometimes it’s just a matter of hard work and getting pucks to the net and outworking the other forward and sometimes we get too fancy, myself included,” Kozun said. “Sometimes you see a play and it’s open but someone gets a stick on the puck and it doesn’t work.”
“For skill guys, you don’t want to get too fancy or think too much about what you’re trying to do. You’ve got to go out there and react to situations,” Weal said. “We’re just little out of sync. You’re going to have those throughout the year. Every team has those stretches where things don’t click. I think we’re slowing it down too much and trying to be too patient. We’ll work on it in practice this week and work it out.”
“Our more experienced players are seeing way more ice than they normally do in all situations so they may not have the same strength and intensity to perform at the level we’ve become accustomed to,” Morris said. “A lot of guys that are on the power play also kill penalties. That’s why it’s important to stay disciplined.”
“We can afford to be way better on faceoffs because if you lose that opening draw you’ve already killed 20 seconds of it,” Morris said. “We’ve been getting good puck movement but not enough finish for my liking. We have a lot of passers. When you shoot the puck, that’s what creates the chaos that creates uncertainty and missed coverages for the defensive team. We’ll continue to push to try and get more firepower and take advantage of our man-up situations.”
Ian Clark covers pro hockey for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.