Vigneault said that he isn't sure of what went wrong in the past but that the sees a group of players that have enough skill to be good on the power play. He said that they have been working on the PP for most of the last ten days and that getting Derek Stepan back, and Ryan Callahan soon, will help since they are right handed shots.
Vigneault said that having two right shots and three left shots, or vice versa, allow the players to do one-touch passes and have an easier time setting up one-timers.
The PP units yesterday at practice were
- Points: Michael Del Zotto (L) Dan Girardi (R). Benoit Pouliot (R), Derick Brassard (L), Mats Zuccarello (L)
- Points: Brad Richards (L) Marc Staal (L). JT Miller (L), Rick Nash (L), Derek Stepan (R)
When asked about the power play earlier in training camp, Alain Vigneault said that while Scott Arniel will have a lot of input and control, the power play is ultimately his responsibility and that he will be held accountable for it.
Arniel said that the plan for Rick Nash on the PP will be different from what it was last year, "there were a lot of different looks. I just think that we are going to put him into the best place possible and that is probably somewhere in front of the net or in the high slot. He knows how to protect the puck. I know what Rick can do but there is going to be trial and error with everyone. Throw them into situations and see if they jump out to us, if they are a net front guy or a half wall guy.
When asked about what Arniel said, Rick Nash told SNY's Nick Licalzi "If he is watching the video and that is what he sees.....he has had some pretty good power plays and after not having much success last year I think we would be willing to try anything."
Arniel added that the Rangers have the personnel to have a good PP and that they hope to fix what needs to be fixed and be firing on all cylinders by the time the season starts.
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