BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Devils are back at home Friday night against Lehigh Valley. As the team prepares for a rematch from last weekend against the Phantoms, 12 Sports Director Larry Burneal catches up Binghamton Devils head coach Mark Dennehy for the latest edition of B-Devils Sit-down. This week’s topics include, how the B-Devils can improve their struggling power play, Michael McLeod’s development and Dennehy’s Halloween plans.
On how the Binghamton Devils can improve its power play that ranks 30th in the AHL in power play percentage:
“I thought we were better the last game to be candid with you,” said Binghamton Devils head coach Mark Dennehy. “But, we need to get a lot better. One of the biggest mistakes a power play can make is to relax, thinking, ‘hey we’ve got five guys, they’ve got four, we’re going to get chances.’ The reality is players are just too good and power plays, even the good ones, fail 75-percent of the time. We’re only a couple of good looks away from moving that power play number up into a reasonable number, but it’s going to take persistence. We’ve got to work harder to get possession of the puck. We’ve gotta work harder to take the goalie’s eyes away, get the puck to the net and then you’re not always going to score on your first shot, you’ve got to be persistent enough to go back and get it again.”
On Michael McLeod’s development:
“I didn’t see him last year, so all I have is this year to go on,” said Dennehy. “It’s fun coaching younger players because you see so much growth day-to-day. Sometimes it’s one step forward, two steps back. Two steps forward, one step back. He wants to get better, whether its watching video, whether its shooting extra pucks on the goalies. You can see he has a passion for the game and he wants to get better. As a coach, when you have a player like that, it’s exciting.”
On his Halloween plans for Wednesday night:
“I am not, I am not going out trick-or-treating,” said Dennehy. “I’ve got a bag full of candy, I guess I’ll be giving candy out tonight. Not getting any. I don’t need any candy, trust me.”
Binghamton hosts Lehigh Valley Friday night at 7:05 p.m.