Like many people, I studied abroad in college. I “studied” in France, home of NHL and St. Louis Blues superstar Philippe Bozon. While there, I was dragged to a concert headlined by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, who were apparently more than a one-hit wonder in Europe. I was a bit bewildered by thousands of Frenchmen chanting “Electricite! Electricite! Electricite!” begging for one of OMD’s “hits.”
The St. Louis Blues could use some of that Electricite! right about now. While the team is off to a solid start, having gone 6-4 thus far to open the 2007-08 season, the power play, to put it charitably, stinks on home ice. During Saturday’s 4-3 win over Washington, the Blues had two extended five-on-three advantages and failed to score, despite Andy Murray deploying five forwards on the ice. Overall, the power play was just 2 for 27 on home ice (7.4 percent) entering last night’s game, tied with Phoenix and just ahead of Boston at the bottom of the league standings. A soporific 0-for-5 against the Coyotes may have dragged the Blues into the cellar.
What follows are four ideas to put the “advantage” back into the whole concept of drawing penalties.