Chicago, IL — Ok glad to see the boys found Annette FrontPrensence last night now the challenge will be to marry that Constance Allgamelong I blogged about yesterday.
Ok once you guys prove to me that you consistently found Annette and are committed to Constance I have a few more items I would like to see added on the To Do list.
It starts with the back-end. The Hawks spend entirely too much time in their own zone and lately they have problems getting out which also slows the entire offense down.
The team should not be spending more than a few seconds in their own zone if they have puck possession. Don’t dally in your end get the puck and move it up quickly. If you don’t have possession forwards you need to get back and help like pronto. The game today is speed.
I would like to see whoever the D man is with the puck instead of going D to D just immediately pass it up to a forward. This game is so fast there is really no time any more for always going D to D plus every team knows that is what you will do so don’t do it.
Speaking of passing the entire team needs to work on this what is with all the passing to skates and off the mark now come on get this together boys. I’ve got a huge lesson for you in physics.
That is the puck can move faster than you can skate. Yes so to add speed into the offense it requires passing more in fact pin point passing would be preferable. And I know you like to hold onto pucks – DON’T. Pass the puck as fast as you can until you can get to the net or slot areas.
Right now the hottest line in the NHL is the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stamkos, Kucherov and Nemestikov you know why? Two things.
One their passing is pin point perfection and their movement without the puck is damn near flawless until someone gets open. It also doesn’t hurt these are all highly skilled players.
The passing needs to be better more accurate and faster puck movement starting with the back-end I want to see passes up ice not east west.
Once a forward has taken one two strides, pass and the next forward do the same and the next til you’re at the net or slot area then don’t think just shoot and if you’re not shooting I want to see movement to the net or more open positions.
The good news the Hawks shooting accuracy is actually pretty good. When they miss it is usually wide which tells me they are going for posts which is good but it also tells me they are probably a bit too far out get closer boys.
Shots need to come off the sticks quicker now a days. Slap shots are probably not going to work with all the sticks in the lanes you need snap shots and wristers or backhands because it takes defenders by surprise ask your own Dmen what and who they have a problem with.
What makes someone a good scorers is not how hard their shot is but the release and how quickly it is released and from high percentage areas on the ice. It is no secret where those areas are it just takes work getting there.
Movement, Movement, Movement of the puck or your skates. That puck should be whipping around that ice faster than the eye can follow if you do that defenders will not be able to keep up.
Forwards and D should be moving to quiet ice space or high percentage ice space or get in front of the net.
This is also the same problem with the power play. There is NO repeat NO movement of puck or players so it is too predictable and easy to get bodies or sticks in lanes especially if there is no Annette around.
Also don’t be afraid to use the boards or passing to an area. I think the Hawks need to spend some time at the pool hall there are several good ones in Chicago and learn the art of the bank. Trust me you do this no one will know where you are sending to the puck or what you are trying to do.
Don’t just use the end boards either if you bank pucks hard enough I bet you can get them into good shooting spots where they can be one timed but this is only after normal passing quickly is perfected.
Another thing every team in the NHL knows the Hawks hate to chip and chase so that is what they are going to make you do until you prove them wrong. Banking passes through the neutral zone or area passing may assist with this.
Or if you do chip and chase you dictate where the puck is going just make sure you get there first or in numbers. You all know this.
The goalies today on all the teams are too good it takes a lot to get goals past them. If you look at the shots taken to goals the percentage is really low. Even the best teams like Tampa and Toronto are running at 12%, the Hawks are down at 8% which is too low.
The majority of Toronto’s shots are quick release shots snaps and wristers.
Now Tampa surprisingly is getting their Slap shots through I’m betting that could be a Mr. Steven Stamkos but how many players have his shot? He is the exception to what I said earlier regarding slap shots but most players don’t have that tool in their arsenal.
The Hawks need to be around 10% Goals to shot percentage if you want to win in this league. Don’t believe me look at the teams who have 10% or more they are all winning teams.
Now it is not that the Hawks are not shooting enough they are it is where they are shooting from and the quality. Hawks you’ve got to snap shot more and get quicker releases please and don’t hold onto the pucks too long, I know that is hard for some. I bet if you snap more you’ll also crackle and ultimately pop.
And remember get to Annette she misses you guys.
Tonight will be another tough task against the Metro leading Devils so this game won’t be easy. It’ll be a good test if the Hawks can’t get up for this I give up. I want to see more snapping shots off from around the net slot area and quicker passing but more importantly accurate passing and please keep the skates moving.