When teams start to experience a rough patch you'll usually hear the coach at some point say that the team needs to get back to basics. I think it's time that CC starts this type of sermon because some of the basics are sorely missing form the Sens game right now. I started noticing little things happening a few games ago and these, I think have become glaring issues impeeding this team succes.
I'm talking about passing. Making a good pass and taking a pass. I've quickly lost count of the number times in the past three games where this issue has caused this team much grief. If the defensman can't make a nice pass to the forward on the breakout, what happens? You get hemmed in your own zone chasing the puck...again. If the forward can't keep the puck on his stck when the defenseman actually gets him the puck, what happens? Neutral zone turn over and the other team gets you skating in the wrong direction and puts you on the defensive...again.
At first I thought I was just focussing on Ottawa and maybe this is something symtomatic of most teams is this high flying, fast paced game. I was wrong. I observed that although this phenomenom does happen to all teams, it occurrances happen about 2:1 for the Sens. Those numbers aren't the result of any scientific analysis, it's just watching the games and counting (and swearing) when I see and oopsie.
Call me crazy but I can stand the odd miss played drop pass and the crazy hop on the 40 foot cross ice pass, but when the most basic breakouts and rushes are interrupted by turn overs caused by bad passes or being unable to take said passes, it becomes a bit much to handle. The question is, how do you fix it? Do the coaches line everyone up on opposite boards and do nothing but practice 'the art of passing' ? Does the team devolp a new strategy that doesn't involve any passing? Does Melnyk secretly devolp a new type of tape that acts like a magnet to galvanized disks of rubber?
I don't what to pretend to know or tell professional coached and players how to fix their teams when things are going in the shitter, so correct me if I'm wrong here, but shouldn't this simple skill have been a prerequisite to, you know, being drafted into the NHL?