After months of waiting, Tampa Bay Lightning fans should be pretty pleased with what they’ve seen through three games. There’s a few things that need work though.
The main trouble spot right now seems to be on the power play. In their past two games, both on the road, the Lightning went a combined 1-for-9 on the power play. Obviously it’s harder to get things going on the road because visitors change first but still, that statistic is tough to swallow. It’s even harder for Lightning fans to swallow, as the team has two top units. Whenever guys like Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Teddy Purcell and Ryan Malone come on the ice, good things are expected. Putting them on the ice with lots of space, something likely to happen with a power play, just makes these guys even more dangerous.
Why is this?
Well, for starters the Lightning spend far too much time passing while on the man advantage. It’s alright to pass a little but don’t lose sight of the most important thing, making the opponent pay for their penalty. This can only be accomplished by scoring goals while on the power play.
How can the Lightning correct this issue?
They can begin by making the simple play. Personally, I like the K.I.S.S. method. Basically, this method implies that the Lightning will Keep Things Simple, Stupid on the power play. They’ll go for the easy play of shooting the puck on net and hoping teammates can stuff in a rebound. They tried that late in tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes and were successful, as Malone smacked a rebound past Cam Ward.
While it’s true that we’re just three games into the 2013 season, this issue must be addressed and corrected. If it is, the Lightning have a chance to be playoff contenders throughout, something the team really wants on the heels of last seasons disappointing finish.