I was in the pool!!
- Apr 5, 2002
All their advanced stats are very strong. Reminiscent of the 2011-12 team when it was sucking. The second line is the top possession line in the entire NHL right now - they won't let the other team have the puck at all. The team is creating more PP opportunities than league average. They're giving up fewer PP opportunities than league average. Their PP scoring percentage is even higher than league average. They're spending considerably more time in the opposition's zone than the opposition is spending in theirs. They're creating more high danger scoring opportunities than the opposition. But their shooting percentage is well below league average and they're converting high danger opportunities at a couple of percentage points below the league average, while at the other end, opposing teams are scoring at a higher clip on high danger opportunities than the league average (hello, goaltending).
What else do you expect the coach to do besides put his team in a position to score more often that the opposition? Go out there and score himself? Get in net? They don't have enough high-end scoring threats at forward and there's virtually no scoring threat from the blue line. They don't have a single top tier sniper and there's just not enough scoring talent up and down the lineup. A lot of things can happen which will improve the scoring - Arvidsson starts shooting at a percentage closer to his career average rather than half of it as he has since has come back from his nasty injury, Vilardi wakes up, they bring up someone from the Reigh who starts scoring, Rasmus stays hot and starts moving up the lineup, Kaliyev picks things up, Byfield returns and starts filling the net, Doughty returns from injury. But they need several of those things to happen.
The bottom line is that there's not a hell of a lot a coach can do when his team has the puck a lot more than the opposition, creates more Grade A chances than the opposition, but the scorers aren't scoring and the goalies aren't stopping the puck.