Thursday, March 10, 2011

Puck Movement

The Predators have trouble scoring goals. Everybody knows that. However, there are games in which the Predators look like they have all the offensive talent in the world. Why is that?

It all comes down to puck movement. When the Predators offense is clicking, they're making quick decisions with the puck. Take Shea Weber's goal from the other night against San Jose. David Legwand had the puck down low and made a great, quick pass to Weber for the goal.

Hockey is a game of quick decisions and reactions. You don't have time to mull over something you want to do. If you do, the defense is already on top of you and you don't have anywhere to go. Puck movement is the key, especially on the power-play.

Against San Jose, the Predators' power-play looked much better. Why? They rapidly moved the puck on the power-play and that created great shot opportunities.

If the Predators will continue that trend of moving the puck with quickness, it's going to give them a lot of opportunities to score goals. After that, it's up to the players to finish the goals.

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