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BLBarmada 11-14-2011 09:44 PM

How to break out of a slump ?
 
So here I am, 1g and 2 assists in 7 games. My team sits at 2-4-1 even though we should be 5-2-0. Im playing the worst hockey of my life. The puck is my worst enemy right now. I can't stick handle anymore, and my aim is starting to aim.

I guaranteed to my team that I would lead them to a 17 game
unbeaten streak. We play tomorrow, I cut last game early and I left practice early cause I wasn't pleased with my effort.

I've got to pick it up and get out of this slump but I don't know how to.

Also I'm one of the best players on my team, but this is the 1st time I've been relied upon to score.
Any tips ?

Seth Lake 11-14-2011 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by BLBarmada (Post 39443119)
So here I am, 1g and 2 assists in 7 games. My team sits at 2-4-1 even though we should be 5-2-0. Im playing the worst hockey of my life. The puck is my worst enemy right now. I can't stick handle anymore, and my aim is starting to aim.

I guaranteed to my team that I would lead them to a 17 game
unbeaten streak. We play tomorrow, I cut last game early and I left practice early cause I wasn't pleased with my effort.

I've got to pick it up and get out of this slump but I don't know how to.

Also I'm one of the best players on my team, but this is the 1st time I've been relied upon to score.
Any tips ?

Simplify your game, forget the past, and play within yourself. When you are pressing your bound to make mistakes and those mistakes are what's getting you frustrated in the first place. It's a slippery slope. Additionally, don't try to be the hero. Use your teammates and elevate their games as much as you do yours. One player going isn't likely to win a game, but if you get your teammates involved, not only will the game get simpler for you, but it will also work out better for your team.

KingsFan24* 11-14-2011 10:12 PM

First 5 games of last season I had 0 goals and 1 assist playin awful hockey. I got into a fight the 6th game and from that point on in like a spand of the next 6-7 games I ended up gettin like 5 goals. Get in a Fight. :) Gl

CornKicker 11-15-2011 10:45 AM

the only way out is a slump buster

check plenty of fish and see if you can find a 160lb slumper

CornKicker 11-15-2011 10:46 AM

but seriously when i hit slumps i try to concentrate my game on setting up my teammates with passes and chances, plus you get residual rebounds and you can score on those to get back on track

Jarick 11-15-2011 10:51 AM

I usually get to the rink a little early and get pumped up and play MY game. A lot of people say "just do the little things, focus on D, etc" but that makes me play worse. My game is simple: get the puck out of our end, up the ice with speed, and get a good shot on goal (or if no shot is available, get the puck deep and try to set up our offense).

Define what your game is and what your primary focus is in all three zones. Visualize, visualize, visualize. See yourself getting the puck, carrying it up ice, watching the goalie set up, and scoring the goal.

Razzmatazz 11-15-2011 10:52 AM

Position change. Try a switch to defense.

shawn1331 11-15-2011 03:33 PM

Just concentrate on playing solidly in all 3 zones, maybe make a few nice passes and hopefully get an assist or 2. Try to get a nice rush going, if you have to go end to end and make a nice deke or 2.

Doing little things like making a nice pass or a nice toe drag can make you smile and go alright cool that was really good or whatever, then your confidence will come back.

BIitz 11-15-2011 04:34 PM

Easy couple things you can do.

-Before game get a puck and pass it against the boards so you get a feel for it. Usually people in slumps are fighting the puck

-Go to the front of the net. Even if your small

-Shoot when you have the chance. 2-1, open space, walking out of the corner, etc. Even if the D is giving you the pass on any of these.

-Sometimes putting big expectations on yourself is bad. The team is going to be relying on ya. You have to be smart away from the puck and get open.

-Finally, just because you can't score doesn't mean you don't play D. Often times a good defensive play can lead to a solid odd man rush.

butteryslugz 11-15-2011 08:47 PM

well i play hockey occasionally, so i cant really speak from personal experience cause i dont play enough to technically be slumping, but i found this quote from Eric Staal after he scored his first goal in almost a month against the penguins 11/12/2011.

"You can feel sorry for yourself or you can go out next shift and do your best"
- Eric Staal

BLBarmada 11-15-2011 09:24 PM

Thanks for the advice guys, I went out and got an assist but we lost the game 4-2 to a team we should of easily beat.


Anyways I quit the team, fed up of losing and tired of lackluster efforts.

clefty 11-15-2011 09:51 PM

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Originally Posted by BLBarmada (Post 39493087)

Anyways I quit the team, fed up of losing and tired of lackluster efforts.

Pretty sure quitting isn't going to help.

BLBarmada 11-15-2011 10:12 PM

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Originally Posted by clefty (Post 39495041)
Pretty sure quitting isn't going to help.

Who wants to play on a losing team ?

Kulluminati 11-15-2011 10:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BLBarmada (Post 39493087)
Thanks for the advice guys, I went out and got an assist but we lost the game 4-2 to a team we should of easily beat.


Anyways I quit the team, fed up of losing and tired of lackluster efforts.

gg lebron

Razzmatazz 11-15-2011 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by BLBarmada (Post 39496125)
Who wants to play on a losing team ?

I'd rather play on a losing team than no team.

kr580 11-15-2011 10:35 PM

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Originally Posted by clefty (Post 39495041)
Pretty sure quitting isn't going to help.

It's a positive for the team at least. One less person who doesn't want to be there.

KaraLupin 11-15-2011 10:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BLBarmada (Post 39493087)
Thanks for the advice guys, I went out and got an assist but we lost the game 4-2 to a team we should of easily beat.


Anyways I quit the team, fed up of losing and tired of lackluster efforts.

vns Heatley

BIitz 11-15-2011 11:47 PM

BLB "mother ****ing" armada

butteryslugz 11-16-2011 03:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BLBarmada (Post 39493087)
Thanks for the advice guys, I went out and got an assist but we lost the game 4-2 to a team we should of easily beat.


Anyways I quit the team, fed up of losing and tired of lackluster efforts.

:shakehead

bozaksniffles* 11-16-2011 04:24 AM

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AndyPipkin 11-16-2011 04:47 AM

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Originally Posted by kr580 (Post 39497387)
It's a positive for the team at least. One less person who doesn't want to be there.

Exactly.

What was the point of posting if you were going to quit less then 48 hours later?

BLBarmada 11-16-2011 06:22 AM

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Originally Posted by AndyPipkin (Post 39502747)
Exactly.

What was the point of posting if you were going to quit less then 48 hours later?

I didnt have the intentions of quitting. But after your coach decides to single you out in front of the team for taking long shifts and not back checking, when 4 other guys did the exact same thing, it's not very fun.

Its even worse when these players don't pass, and are the worst on the team. But hey I'm not allowed to criticize.

So ya tell me would any of you enjoy being singled out in front of your whole team ?

tarheelhockey 11-16-2011 07:40 AM

Obviously you didn't listen to our advice about back checking.

CornKicker 11-16-2011 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by BLBarmada (Post 39503275)
I didnt have the intentions of quitting. But after your coach decides to single you out in front of the team for taking long shifts and not back checking, when 4 other guys did the exact same thing, it's not very fun.

Its even worse when these players don't pass, and are the worst on the team. But hey I'm not allowed to criticize.

So ya tell me would any of you enjoy being singled out in front of your whole team ?

LOL.

AndyPipkin 11-16-2011 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BLBarmada (Post 39503275)
I didnt have the intentions of quitting. But after your coach decides to single you out in front of the team for taking long shifts and not back checking, when 4 other guys did the exact same thing, it's not very fun.

Its even worse when these players don't pass, and are the worst on the team. But hey I'm not allowed to criticize.

So ya tell me would any of you enjoy being singled out in front of your whole team ?

Been there my friend. I was the best player on my team the first year I played. Had 6 goals in the first 4 games and went on a super big slump and started calling out players on the field(Soccer) during games, with some less the pleasent language.

During a practice the Coach called me out in front of everyone, we had our little tiff/shout match, and we were back to practice. You just gotta...grow up. We all have to do it.

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Originally Posted by BLBarmada (Post 39443119)
Also I'm one of the best players on my team, but this is the 1st time I've been relied upon to score.

So you've always been one of the best and now you are relied upon to score, which probably means you one of if not the top player on your team. Which then means you are the leader and are held to a different standard. Even if you aren't the leader being the best or one of them puts different expectations on your shoulders.

If you, the best player, isn't back checking, why would anyone else?


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