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Last season, the Leafs' power play went like this: Tomas Kaberle would dump the puck in for the forwards to chase down, the forwards would be either too slow or too sloppy to get to the puck first, the puck would be iced by the opposing team and the Leafs would have to try again.
This season, the power play looks completely different, but the result is pretty much the same.
The Leafs have got this clever play where the puck carrier drops the puck for a teammate who is supposed to blow past stationary defenders at the blue line.
Works great and looks cool in theory, but so far, it hasn't worked.
They have done this little play almost every time they've been on the power play to no avail.
Half the time it doesn't work because their drop pass misses the intended target.
The other half of the time the defenders are able to see what's coming because the play is so predictable.
But let's pretend the Leafs are able to get their power play set up.
They never set up enough traffic in front of the other team's goalie, so most of their shots, what few they actually manage, are tracked all the way.
Out of all the Leafs' D-men, Cody Franson and Dion Phaneuf are the only ones who like to shoot a lot. Franson has not had an opportunity to shoot that much so far because the Flames and Avs did a good job of taking the Leafs' space away during the PP.
When Phaneuf is on the PP, his partner is John-Michael Liles, who prefers passing over shooting.
Sure, the PP so far this year doesn't look as bad as the PP from last year, but it hasn't worked out, so maybe a couple things will need to change.
More shooting from everyone, keep their feet moving, better puck movement and better set plays, perhaps?