The NHL slap shot is dying. Should some timers be next?

We’re done NHLindependently A dying slap. Some timers must also be on life support.

This may surprise those who consider a timer a must-have option in an abuser’s toolbox. This is partly true.

Keep in mind that the left elbow trigger timer is for one timer Alex Ovechkin turned into a work of art. As tracked by Clear vision analyticsBetween the start of the 2020-21 season and November 18, such one-time five-on-four counters, when preceded by an ice lane crisscrossing under hash marks, go 35.4 percent of the time, wide.

Despite this, various data shows how one-time people are now classified as irrelevant.

Take, for example, a timer of the highest peaks of circuits with no traffic in front. Even when like a muscle shooter Adam Bellick Inclined to such a shot, crime can die.

According to Clear Sight Analytics, from the start of the 2020-21 season through November 18, there were 4,288 unscreened one-off counters captured across all positions from the highest circuits. Only 30 income. This translates to a 993 savings percentage.

In other words, a high unscreened one-timer has a 0.6 percent chance of becoming a target. Clear Sight Analytics defines the chance of scoring high as being 20 percent or more of the time.

“Do they log? Yes,” said John Healy, Clear Sight Analytics vice president of data collection. “Do they score often? Very short answer: no.”

You might think that one fast-moving timer who doesn’t enter produces a follow-up action. The data says otherwise.

Only 159 of the 4,288 provisionals (3.7 percent) produced rebounds. Those later shots turned into 40 targets. It is very easy for the goalkeeper to catch or head for the safe ice.

“We all really liked him,” says Healy. “But then you realize those shots in the game don’t go into it. Everything is over the upper circles, especially if the goalkeeper sees it, he’ll save it.”

The more data you study, the story remains the same. Take the one-timer fired from the bottom of the circuit tops and out of the match points: 5,609 shots taken, 232 goals scored (4.1 percent). Even in the power play, the numbers hold steady: 1,910 scored once, 81 goals scored (4.2 percent).

“I think it really makes sense,” Healy says of the low-ratio nature of such one-time games. “Because that’s a very easy and predictable read. Because a lot of teams have been using this Ovechkin-type place for a number of years. It’s a proactive goalkeeper read.”

In some cases, crimes can turn predictability upside down. Penalty kills know, for example, that Bruins like to set up David Pasternak To play power once the left elbow. If Pastrnak starts the games with his usual punch, he can open up other options.

against the Canucks On November 13, Pastrnak was loaded for one timer. Goalkeeper Thatcher Demco He squared up to the shot he thought was coming. Instead, Pastrnak slapped I passed the puck Patrice Bergeron in the high aperture. Bergeron redirected it after Demko.

against the Flyers On November 17, Pasternak was spotted Jake Debrusek Available in remote mail. as such Carter Hart Squared up to Pastrnak, the right winger slapped a pass to DeBrusk for a backhand goal.

Either way, it was like a football team running the ball early. It doesn’t matter if those rushers produce a small amount of yardage if they set up a pass to play for a touchdown.

“You have to respect the goaltender’s shot,” says Bruins coach Jim Montgomery. “For the defensive players too, a lot of times they want to try and block that shot. So sometimes when you intercept a shot, you open up lanes that stick to the shot, and pass lanes. Basta is gifted at knowing if he has the shooting lane or the passing lane.”

Wrist shots, then, may be the solution to splurging on calories all at once. Healy sees four benefits:

1. His teammates may be more willing to go up against a wrestler with a slower speed than Tarek Yatan. Specifically with point shots, objects up front are required to make life more difficult for goalies, either by filling in their sight lines or turning pucks over. Montgomery, for example, wants in-point attackers on point shots.

2. By taking the time to manipulate the puck and study the landscape rather than tearing up a one-timer, the point shooter expands his offensive portfolio. The best, like the defensemen Cal Makar And the Adam Fox, buying time for themselves to create lanes to shoot and for their teammates to occupy them. With the accuracy of the shutter, they can direct pucks more precisely around shot blockers.

Consider this Alex Killorn deflection a Mikhail Sergachev shot. Sergachev could have once caught the puck after receiving a pass from Blake Coleman. Instead, Sergachev walked the blue line, waiting for his teammates to get close to the net and put his shot where he wanted it.

“Instead of taking the time to finish, which now gives the shot-blocker time to get into the lane, if I just hold the stick to the puck ready to shoot, I now have more control over which side of the net I want to shoot on, based on where the header is.” The goalkeeper is based on where the players are shown up front,” says Healy. “It also allows me to decide how I want to get around a shot blocker or collect blockers in the lane. All that time on the end gives you less time, in fact, to make up your mind about all those tiny little details.”

3. A slower wrist shot can produce more secondary movement. If a one-timer whizzes a look at the leg pad, you might just go into a corner. Even worse, it can turn the other way and produce an opportunity for separation.

By comparison, you may not enter the long-distance pancake. But if you hit the net front defenseman’s shorts, the rebound will stay in very dangerous ice.

“I can slowly split something up, get a screen, and drift,” says Healy. “Now even if he gets blocked, he’ll most likely stay there. Even if the goalkeeper makes a save, he probably won’t be able to stick it in or take it with the goal blocker and send it into the corner. He fights it. That puck sits in a much more dangerous area.”

4. The chances of breaking a shooter’s stick with a wrist shot are less than with a single timer.

Hockey remains an instinctive game. However, the availability of clear data today should motivate coaches to encourage some plays and discourage others.

“The message should be as general or brief as it should be based on your team and the level of players you have,” says Healy. So if you think your guys can handle more rule variations, I guess you can put some stipulations in. I think the bottom line is, ‘We don’t take one temp from the top of the senior circle as a team. “

Then it will be up to the players to listen.

(top image from Justin Volk(: Bailey Hillesheim/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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