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SportsKen Holland offers up a few solutions for Edmonton Oilers historically awful penalty kill

18:35  07 september  2019
18:35  07 september  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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The Edmonton Oilers have been a rancid team in the Decade of Darkness+, but they dropped to a The Oilers had just a 74.8 success rate at killing penalties , which is truly awful considering that Not surprisingly, Oilers GM Ken Holland made a few personnel moves in order to fix Edmonton ’s failed

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Ken Holland offers up a few solutions for Edmonton Oilers historically awful penalty kill© Ian Kucerak Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) battles San Jose Sharks' Brenden Dillon (4) during the first period of a NHL game at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

The Edmonton Oilers have been a rancid team in the Decade of Darkness+, but they dropped to a new low when it came to their penalty killing work in 2018-19.

Edmonton’s penalty kill last year was the worst it’s been this century. It was the second worst in the entire NHL last year, and the 8th worst the NHL has seen this century.

That’s not just bad, that’s historically bad for the Oilers (see the bottom row on this list). The Oilers had just a 74.8 success rate at killing penalties, which is truly awful considering that anything below 80 per cent is not at all good.

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The terrible penalty kill work last year is emblematic of all that’s gone wrong in the Decade of Darkness+. The team’s penalty kill in this time period has almost always been mediocre-to-horrid, and it’s now been horrid two years running.

Major changes needed

An almost complete change in personnel might well be in order on the penalty kill, but that’s not possible. Many of the main PK minute munchers on Edmonton’s PK of the last two seasons will be back, namely d-men Adam Larsson, Darnell Nurse, Kris Russell, Oscar Klefbom and centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

All of these players have fairly good-to-good reputations as NHLers, but I can’t see much argument that any one of them is an exemplary penalty killer, though if I had to pick two of them to send out on a big kill it would be Russell and Larsson.

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+ Edmonton Oilers : penalty - killing experts. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, given that the Oilers continue to be last in the NHL on the PK at 73.9 per cent. At home, they’re an historically awful 59.8 per cent. However, there has been progress lately.

Not surprisingly, Oilers GM Ken Holland made a few personnel moves in order to fix Edmonton’s failed penalty kill, bringing in Riley Sheahan, Markus Granlund and Josh Archibald, who all spent major minutes on the PK on their teams last year.

In the past three seasons, Sheahan ranks 62nd out of 206 regular NHL penalty killing forwards for time on ice, with 1:46 per game.

Granlund ranks 31st with 2:00 minutes per game, and Archibald ranks 145th with 1:16 per game.

One reasonable way to rate a penalty killer is to see how much an NHL coach is willing to send him out there year after year, so I place some weight on PK time-on-ice numbers, even as it’s not fool proof. Even coaches with terrible PK personnel have to send out someone, anyone, so weak penalty killers will sometimes get plenty of ice time on bad teams, as we’ve seen happen with the Oilers.

Ken Holland offers up a few solutions for Edmonton Oilers historically awful penalty kill© Ernest Doroszuk Toronto Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly during 1st period action against the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Riley Sheahan

Sheahan might help most

The Sheahan signing might well be the most significant move Holland has made here.  Sheahan can win face offs, and winning face offs on the penalty kill is definitely a skill that a team needs to possess.

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For those counting, the Oilers ’ penalty kill is operating at just over 50 percent, meaning out of every 10 PKs they have had at home, their opponents have scored on half of them. Even more incredible about the phenomenon is that the Oilers ’ penalty kill percentage away from home is normal.

Their penalty kill played a huge part in their loss to the Kings Tuesday. Three goals on a five-minute Nurse rockets up the list, partly because Sekera’s injury and Nurse missing games himself last year Edmonton takes a lot of penalties . All of Milan Lucic, Patrick Maroon, Larsson, and Eric Gryba take

In the past three seasons, Sheahan ranks 27th overall in PK faceoffs won, with 192 (with the leader Ryan O’Reilly at 388 and RNH at 128, 54th place).

In that same time period, Sheahan ranks 25th overall in the NHL for PK face off percentage, with a 48.9 winning percentage, with Antoine Vermette leading the pack at 60.2 per cent, Leon Draisaitl ranking 17th at 50.2 per cent, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 67th (second worst in the league for regular penalty killers) at 38.3 per cent.

If the Oilers have other options, best not to send out RNH for that opening face off on the penalty kill, not with Draisaitl and now Sheahan on hand, right?

The difficulty of analyzing penalty killers

There are few good statistic with which to rate penalty killers. Indeed, it’s the hardest thing to rate with statistical analysis, even using the outstanding scoring chance method of analysis first developed by Hall of Fame coach Roger Neilson and now used by Oilers coach Dave Tippett and many, many others in the NHL.

In this method, the coach goes over videotape and assigns blame on each scoring chance against. NHL coaches can do this work, but it’s hard for an outside assessor like me to do the work when it comes to the PK at least, as I’m not fully aware of what defensive scheme the Oilers are using on each PK. That makes it  more difficult to tell who exactly has made the major and minor mistakes leading to scoring chances against. Did the player who failed to cover the man in the slot screw up, or was it someone who was over or under aggressive in pursuit? It’s sometimes hard to know.

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It’s more difficult to analyze the penalty kill than any other aspect of the game, but from my own work using Neilson’s approach, I’d (cautiously) suggest the best Oilers on the PK last year were Kyle Brodziak, Connor McDavid, Tobias Rieder and Leon Draisaitl and Jujhar Khaira, with Zack Kassian, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Alex Chiasson less effective, and Larsson and Russell somewhat more effective than Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom and Matt Benning. Ken Holland offers up a few solutions for Edmonton Oilers historically awful penalty kill© Provided by PostMedia Digital

It’s also clear that weak goaltending on the PK from Mikko Koskinen and Cam Talbot was a major issue last year, just as it’s often been a major issue through the Decade of Darkness+.

The good news?

If there’s any good news here it’s that Holland has brought in new PK specialists, with Joakim Nygard and Gaetan Haas also possibilities for this work, and that associate coach Jim Playfair said on Oilers Now he conducted a study of all the top PK units in the NHL to figure out what they’re doing, so as to train the Oilers to now employ best practices.

Perhaps this kind of assessment was done in the past but it’s good to hear Playfair and Tippet realize they have a major problem here and that they’re studying best practices to address all that has gone wrong.

Of course, if it’s crap goaltending that is the major issue, that’s not so easy to fix. But my own belief is that the Oilers have for years been far too easy to shred with cross-seam passes. If they can work on that and cut down on that, it will be a major step in the right direction.

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I’d also suggest a major problem has been a lack of cohesion on the unit, with the players not working as one, not making the right reads for when to be aggressive and when to be more passive. At times they’re too passive compared to the top teams, but at other times one player will be too aggressive and throw everyone else off. But again, my analysis here isn’t certain, as PK play is heavily reliant on zone and team defence, so it’s difficult to know what each player is supposed to be doing at all times.

So we can say with full confidence that the Oil’s PK was FUBAR last year, but it’s not so easy to pinpoint the precise nature of exactly which players were most responsible for the  ongoing problems.

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