After years of watching an ineffective powerplay, I've finally found a powerplay that gives us hope, as broken down by the article below.
The current umbrella formation the Hurricanes are using relies on one or more of 3 things:
- Lateral passes through the slot (Backstrom, Schiefele, Marner)
- Strong point player (Subban, Karlsson)
- Shooting threats at one or both circles (Stamkos & Kucherov, Ovechkin, Laine).
The weakness of the Hurricanes, is they don't have all of those assets. The team has seen recent success with the umbrella formation with cross-ice passes to Aho at the right circle. However, the play that stood out to me most over the past few years was this one set up by Williams:
Williams Low-to-High https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvfhdjkr5ZQ
Here's Lindholm running a similar play:
We've seen a few of these goals, with:
- D Teravainen/Faulk at the left point
- RH Lindholm/Williams as the right-handed low threat
- LH Aho/Skinner as the left-handed low threat
- C Staal/Zykov in front of the net
- D Hanifin/Slavin at the right point