ScubaSteve wrote:Troy McClure wrote:The entire offense has devolved into throwing the puck into the crease hoping to get a bounce.
Can someone who watches other teams tell me if that’s how the whole league is now? Or is it just us? I don’t really follow hockey that much, but I get the distinct impression that the league has devolved into doing whatever the analytics say has the highest success rate (i.e. dump and chase, fling it at the net and hope for a rebound, etc), and there’s very little creativity or finesse left in the game. Makes teams and games more competitive, but less fun to watch.
Analytics says you should NEVER dump and chase or launch low-percentage shots. But coaches do it anyways, because it's an acceptable turnover, like punting on 4th-and-1, instead of an unacceptable turnover, like Honka pushing up and having a pass go off his skate causing an odd man rush.
Monty talked a big game this summer about possession and swarming the puck and letting skaters skate, but the results pretty much put him in Hitchcock 2.0 (3.0?) territory.