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Kaapo Kakko can solve the problem of playing Rangers power


This is not news for the Rangers coach David Quinn, but it may be worth repeating: it could help with a fault on the first power play unit. A lot.

And turns out to have one who succeeded in then rookie Kaapo Kakko who is 18 years old, which showed that he responds well to more responsibility.

It didn't seem that the handful of good opportunities the Bluesirts had for Quinn were going 0-to-6 more than 9:33 during their 4-1 losses without going on to the Gold Knights were visiting Monday, breaking 4-0-1 under the previous five. When he was asked after the game if he thought about changing the units, Quinn responded to his team's enthusiasm over the previous three times.

“We think of changing it,” said Quinn, who gave the Keepers the day off on Tuesday as they prepared for the game on Thursday night against the Blue Jackets in Columbus, Ohio.

The power play could dramatically change the dynamics of the Vegas game, despite the fact that the Rangers were looking to play energy and focus playing their seventh game in 11 days. The power play was the major story of their loss of 3-2 overtime with the mighty Bruins in Boston on the day after Thanksgiving, when 62 seconds of 5-on-3 were on time and 0-for doubled by 6 minutes. -6-late late in the third period with a chance to take control.

In fact, the group looked at the likes of Mika Zibanejad on the eve of Thanksgiving in 3-2 win over the hurricanes. Zibanejad scored a power-playing goal in that game, just 2:54 in his fold, but they went 1-to-5 that night and they have 2-for-19 over the four games since the topline center came back from him absence for a month due to neck cancer.

Kaapo Kakko
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Zibanejad went straight to the top group with Artemi Panarin colleagues, Tony DeAngelo (or Adam Fox) and Ryan Strome. Chris Kreider, the front-line presenter, does not handle much of the puck, the only ball point. Zibanejad and Panarin like to play in the left circle, waiting for the timer only, and the right circle is slightly off without a man for both with his blades against the wall.

But it was great for the lefty-shooting Kakko, who was over ready to pull the stimulus, developed some chemicals with Panarin to make that pass over the slot, and put seven of his 11 points on human advantage.

“At any time you can do that cross-ice pass, you have to be in a shooting ethos,” Quinn said. “As penalty killers, you don't want to cross that puck. You want to keep the play on one side of the ice. But when the puck cross, you have to be ready to shoot. It does not mean that it will be like the right play, but you have to be in shooting mode. If you are in shooting mode, you can always take it out of shooting mode. But if you're not ready to shoot it, when you get that sack, you just have to do one thing. "

If it is assumed that Zibanejad and Panarin do not come from the first unit – and why? – then Strome appears to move to the second unit, Zibanejad moves to the role in the high slot where he can search and search for play, and Panarin and Kakko can work in their natural circles.

Strome can then work with Pavel Buchnevich or Filip Chytil on the second unit, although it would also make sense that Brendan Lemieux presents himself as a clean presence instead of Quinn mocking him and Chytil on or from the power play from the game. that game (unless within each game).

Curators are a team who struggle to be physically involved in every game, but who have a lot of aggressive talent. That means that the power play must be a weapon, and when not, the Rangers will struggle to win consistency.

. (tagsToTranslate) Hockey (t) artemi panarin (t) david quinn (t) kaapo kakko (t) mika zibanejad (t) new York rangers


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