Video: Dissecting the NHL’s Worst Penalty Kill

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

This season, the Islanders have been at the bottom of the NHL’s penalty kill ranking for almost the entire season. Back in the fall, they were dead last and barely over 70% on their kills. Today, they’re still dead last but have improved slightly to 76.8%.

What’s wrong with the Islanders PK and how can it be fixed?

To answer those questions and much more we asked for the help of hockey systems and strategy expert, Jeremy Weiss. Jeremy runs Weiss Tech Hockey, which provides books, training courses and information on hockey drills, strategies and systems for coaching. On his YouTube channel, he also provides detailed breakdowns of different NHL teams and plays. It’s like the detailed analysis that you get snippets of on live NHL broadcasts — and better analysis, in my opinion — but in long form. He was kind enough to provide us with a 30-minute (!) video breaking down the woes of the Islanders PK this season.

If you enjoyed the video, be sure to check out Weiss Tech Hockey‘s website.

126 comments
Don22
Don22

Great breakdown.  As someone who is not a coach and doesn't analyze the game as in depth as this, I would love to see some video of how the PK is supposed to be run.  Also some video of the mentioned umbrella and it's proper use.

As he mentioned - are these issues a problem with the coaching, the players or both?  Considering some of the PK units have changed over the last 3 - 4 years and the results haven't changed, I think it's more on the coaching.  And I think that is Doug Weight - no?

Schultz88
Schultz88

@KeithLHHockey This video makes me believe in scouting... So much stuff I would never ever notice.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

is it surprising to anybody that a horrible defense is horrible on the pk?

terryb
terryb

cant have an all midget defense corps, strait is their biggest d man at the moment (6'1  205),

cournoyer
cournoyer

Love The "Sign Miller" mantra rearing through these threads

That my loyals wil never,never happen

haven
haven

HAHAHA Yeeeeaaahhh Lets Go Rangers !!!!!!!!!! We finished your season!!!!

Thats right – WE ARE #1!!!!! And you are OVER Long island.., Finished!!! Done!!! Terminated!!! 

Losers!!  El Malo !!!
Goodluck next year

jimmydev
jimmydev

You cannot kill penalties with the smallest defense in the league. The day the isles get bigger on D will be the day they not only kill penalties better but actually will be able to compete with the top teams. The season is lost so what are they going to do with Vanek?-Snow might have really blown it this time if he leaves AND they have no draft picks! He has not made one good trade in which he fleeced the other team, he overpays always, but how can you blame him the guy had zero experience, they should hire Jimmy Devallano.

orange2327
orange2327

Hire PETE carroll fire Cappy!! BTW OFF TOPIC/PAYTON MANNING=CHOKER!!

Io-dc Piper
Io-dc Piper

IF you trade Frans only for a yandle caliber Dan or a true #1 goalie who has a year or more left on contract.

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

Thanks for the breakdown Jeremy. I've used several of your drills and strategies in past years that I was coaching. I believe you also utilize the DrillDraw software, which is a very cool tool.

dkdk
dkdk

On the prior thread, everything is timing out, locking me, and freezing to prevent posting. This new posting system is the pits.

KeithLHHockey
KeithLHHockey

@Schultz88 My first scouting takeaway from the vid. 15/53/51/40 good. 17/13/29, not so much. Also, that's a shitload of guys.

Don22
Don22

@cournoyer Nor should it.  He will be 34 before next season.  The Isles need a goalie that can be around for now and the future.  

dimaio34
dimaio34

You can laugh all you want. We still have more cups then you. Also with all the money you spend and all your top notch coaches and your super star GM. Yet you never win. See the thing is the islanders are always predicted to lose so when we do it's not a big deal. But with the rangers. Every year we hear about how such a great team they are yet no cups. Ever!!! So just keep on talking and islanders fans we will just keep on doing our thing. And in all honesty everyone is laughing at you

tomba
tomba

@haven MUTT!

Don22
Don22

@haven LOL. LOL!  


Laughing at you, not with you.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@jimmydev

One main reason that their PK sucks is,, Ready, Ready, Ready, Andy McDonald, aka the wuss, eff up, etc. etc.

Don22
Don22

@orange2327 He actually didn't play that bad.  The 2nd INT wasn't his fault and he had decent stats.  He was missing early which was odd.

The entire team didn't show up.  It felt like they forgot how to tackle too.

dkdk
dkdk

Hey VonnMiller is hurt, there are a lot of young players on the Broncos, Montee Ball had some nice Corsi. Played a team clicking on all cylinders. Fun game to watch.

Lol

tag1
tag1

@dkdk Your not missing much rm is making a fool out of himself again.

Schultz88
Schultz88

@KeithLHHockey Reinforces all the guys we thought were good on the PK. Also; he really talked up Clutterbuck.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@Don22 @cournoyer  

The big grist out of the rumor mill still has Miller going to either the Blues or the Wild.  If he does go to the Wild that might be a good sign for us, as they may not have enough cap room to take Miller and Vanek.  The other spot, the Blues, means one of Halak or Ellliot becomes available.  Halak could be the answer here if Snow can pull off the deal and sign him...

haven
haven

@dimaio34  WE have 4 cups you dumb shmuck hahah you have 3. Get your facts straight because that is embarrassing to say if you;re wrong

mitchfritz
mitchfritz

@Don22 @haven

you know don...ya almost gotta feel bad for a fool like this ..outta all the rangers fans in the world only 1 total loser has nothing better going on his his life than trolling an islanders blog...1 loser in the entire city/world...must get very lonely down there in mamas basement with only old pals lefty n righty...so don .don't laugh at specials it not nice..

orange2327
orange2327

Black cloud over Payton manning!! First play a botched snap/safety!!WTF??

dkdk
dkdk

Me too I posted something very benign at around 10:30 this morning, no cursing, no insult, nothing even vaguely "off" and it is still pending.

rmreturns
rmreturns

Hi tag1: hope you enjoyed the game.. I always enjoy when a thread is about the Isles PK- and you turn it into a commentary on me. Thanks for the devotion..

One day your gonna learn, but that day clearly isn't today..

dkdk
dkdk

The usual, the GM can't trade for guys because of the cost but hasn't drafted guys that panned out yet. Which is the exact reason we need to make trades! That is always fun to watch TAG.

mitchfritz
mitchfritz

@KeithLHHockey @Schultz88

what the vid pointed out his how slow hickey really is..

KeithLHHockey
KeithLHHockey

@Schultz88 I know they had him playing on his off-side for a while when with AMac. Wonder if that factored in somehow.

Schultz88
Schultz88

@KeithLHHockey Yeah, I was surprised that it was him not Carkner/Martinek/etc. Sounds like bad habits/form.

KeithLHHockey
KeithLHHockey

@Schultz88 Picked Hickey apart too, but I don't remember too many of those stumbles. They were bad though, but might be only ones.

Schultz88
Schultz88

@KeithLHHockey Yeah and the diamond/umbrella strategy, which I attribute to CMac not being a good defender. Wish we could have moar videos.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@jimmydev  

Glass half empty???  By your account, all is lost.  So what's the point in even being here???

jimmydev
jimmydev

@REDSpointofview @Don22 @cournoyer  

Yeah right. Snow ain't doing squat what's he going to give up Bailey the first wasted pick of his tenure? He is the worst GM and not just his lack of ability to win trades but his horrible drafting record. No business can give away assets for nothing-we have been doing this since Milbury and who in this organization believes that small is better? All the top teams are big, its over my friends

shamwow
shamwow

@dkdk  

I sensed it going bad when Chuck kept Milbury as GM...

The die was cast.

dkdk
dkdk

You could sense it going bad right from there .... Although not THIS bad. One of the worst games ever.

tag1
tag1

@dkdk I have problems when I post on my phone dk but not from my computer.

since72
since72

@dkdk When it freezes up, I open a new IPB, sign in and copy and paste the comment that was pending into the freshly opened IPB.  It takes then.  This posting system is about as effective as our PK.

4xdynasty
4xdynasty

'Pending' just like the rebuild, as charles intended haha

tag1
tag1

@isles23" I got it tag, how foolish of me to miss that. You do know its a game right?" I call that more of a snide remark then admitting you were wrong, maybe you should stop coming to the defense of a idiot it makes you seem just as dumb. Feel free to point out when I was wrong and didn't admit it.

isles23
isles23

I said I missed it did I not? I've admitted I'm when I'm wrong plenty on here. Can't say the same for you though...

tag1
tag1

@isles23 So instead of being a man and admitting you were wrong you make a snide comment, typical. I have my priorities in order matt   thanks for the concern though.

isles23
isles23

I got it tag, how foolish of me to miss that. You do know its a game right? Go home hug your family and realize there are bigger things in life than someone having a different opinion on a blog.

tag1
tag1

@isles23 Reading comprehension not your strong suit I guess matt, dk was not talking about this thread but the previous one and my comment back to him was about rm making a fool of himself on the previous thread not this one, got it?

tag1
tag1

@rmreturns You've become a source of amusement with your absurd comments defending this futility. You, matt who agrees with you all the time, and others on here don't feel that the owner and GM could do no wrong and they get blamed for nothing. I guess you guys don't know the meaning of accountability.

 BTW how is what you drink and where you travel to and what airport you are in on topic? If you want to be the Capt of the on topic police you should stay on topic yourself.

isles23
isles23

@rm. The funny part to me is what your responses are on this thread. Why you would trade Frans and talking about the video. I happen to disagree with the Frans part but still thats your opinion and you brought up good points to support it. Nothing foolish what so ever.