Pittsburgh Penguins: Top 5 Ways the Pens Can Fix Their Powerplay

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2. Simplify

As has long been the case with this team, the Pens’ biggest weakness has been their propensity to rely too much on their elite skill.

On a team that features offensive wizards like Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, and now David Perron, it’s easy to wish for those beautiful, highlight-reel goals when the team gets on the man-advantage.

Tic-tac-toe dishes, through-the-legs drop-passes, end to end rushes, etc. etc.

Granted, it all looks great when it happens, but just because the Pens have the ability to play with said skill, that doesn’t mean they always should.

In fact, they decidedly should not, as such plays are much easier to defend than simplified cycling that focuses on moving the puck to the open man until a shooting lane presents itself.

Pittsburgh’s stars must take a step back from trying to maximize their skill, and must move more toward trying to play a simple game and letting their skill lead to perfect execution of that simplicity.

It’s time for the Pens to go back to basics. Cycle the puck, crash the net, make the smart play. Save the no-look, behind-the-back passes for the All-Star game and just try to keep the puck going north and directed at the net.