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Matt Shaw taking coaching/GM job with Dubuque Fighting Saints, per TG

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Why would having a new head coach or Parise have anything to do with it?  Point is, power plays are in large part luck-based - the puck has to get in the net, and it only does that on about 13% of 5 on 4 shots - and it's silly to dump on an assistant coach over 48 games worth of luck.

 

Also power play percentage is silly and should be replaced by power play goal differential.

 

It matters, because your coaches and, more importantly, your personnel matter.  Different coaches run different powerplays that sometimes do or do not suit the players you have, and whether your players are any good.  And last year, when you had an important piece to your powerplay come back after a year off, you would expect some kind of adjustment period.  And if I recall correctly, there was some experimentation with putting Larsson on the powerplay at the beginning of the year, until it became clear that he was not ready for that role.

 

And note, that I was never one to dump on Shaw.  I mean if the powerplay continued to be bad for all of next year and assuming no injuries, etc., I would have a bone to pick with him.  Right now, I don't feel one way or the other about him leaving.

 

Yes, getting the breaks does play some role, but the absolute dreadfulness of some powerplays, like the Rangers, gets to the meat and potatoes of it all. 

 

Also, I like the idea of measuring the effectiveness of a powerplay on some kind of combination of shooting percentage and offensive zone time of possession.  I don't love the idea of shots, since a lot PPs are designed to generate those bombs away point shots that either end up in the goalie's chest protector, or wide and quickly cleared out of the zone.  The Devils' PP this year seemed to be a lot of that, at least from the eyeball test.

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IMO Shaw will not be a big loss. As for the PP the team has to have the talent first and then go to the net often. The Devils didn't have and didn't do.

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IMO Shaw will not be a big loss. As for the PP the team has to have the talent first and then go to the net often. The Devils didn't have and didn't do.

 

I don't think it's a big loss but I think it's ridiculous to celebrate that he's gone, as if getting rid of Shaw will suddenly fix all of our powerplay woes. The Devils had an average team with an average powerplay. When they lost their best powerplay player, they had a below-average powerplay. I also agree that the shortened season and luck play a big role in the percentage we ended up with.

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I think the biggest problem is our 2nd unit being utter trash. As Chico has said, this team lacks pure talent. The second unit is just a mix up of the next few guys in the depth chart.

Henrique-zubrusbernier...really?

 

edit: Oh, and Kovalchuk for the full 2 minutes.

Edited by Vic Rattlehead18

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