How To Fix The NYR Power Play? Try A Car Bomb!

The Carcillo Effect on the PP? (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

The Carcillo Effect on the PP? (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

The New York Rangers power play continues to make eyes bleed all over the National Hockey League. How can a unit that boasts the likes of Marty St. Louis, Rick Nash and Brad Richards be this pathetic?

There are no clear cut answers and every suggestion out there has no guarantee of working. Last night, Ron Duguay suggested putting the 4th line out there just to simplify the power play. While putting out that unit will no doubt simplify it, the likelihood of them scoring is almost zilch.

Whether some fans and experts like it or not, Daniel Carcillo has been a catalyst for the Rangers are year. His hard-nosed, straight to the net style will benefit this joke of a power play too.

NY tends to overpass on the man-advantage. Often opting out of great shots to find the more open man. Eliminating just one of those stars from the mix would simplify the PP just enough to score. Let’s be honest, Carcillo wouldn’t be quarterbacking the unit and the players wouldn’t be looking to him for it. Good ol’ Car Bomb would be right in front of the net causing havoc and screening the goaltender. Simplified enough, without dumbing it down to the point of complete uselessness.

So, after the way the power play has performed since game one of the playoffs…what could be worse? Short of having Wayne Gretzky suit up in Derek Stepan’s uniform, I have no other suggestions to make this powerless play work.

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Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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