Let’s look at the personnel that are available to Coach Yeo. Gonchar is one of the best point men in the league. He is very adept at keeping the puck in the zone. He has a good, hard, low slap shot, and is very smart with the puck. Letang has great speed, good lateral movement, and also possesses a powerful slap shot. This gives the Penguins two very solid point men. Malkin is tremendous along the halfwall. He can slide in and shoot one-timers from the slot, and he is very strong on the puck. Guerin and Sykora can be interchanged in the slot – both have quick releases and strong wrist shots. They have been powerplay productive their entire careers. Crosby is as good a play-maker as there is in the game, especially from behind the goal. The elements of a great power play are all in the toolbox for Yeo to use. For some reason the power play has been sub-par for most of the season and lately it has been a disaster. Yeo can’t be fired now, so he needs to change the Penguins’ approach and attitude on the power play. If Bylsma could do it for the whole team, Yeo needs to finish the job with our top guns. IF he can, the Penguins will be in the conference finals.
That’s the view from E-11.