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ccourneya 10-30-2007 11:52 PM

Neutral Zone Trap
I got a pretty good idea but will someone go into detail of how the Neutral Zone trap ? and secondly what NHL teams currently use the trap ?


hexrae 10-31-2007 12:27 AM

Insert the, "So now you want to kill your beer league" comments here.

To answer your question about who plays the trap. A lot of teams implement a version of the trap but New Jersey is typically given credit for creating it.

Stripes 10-31-2007 03:35 AM

A simple 1-2-2 trap is an easy concept. When you forecheck, you send one forward in to pressure the puck, the other two forwards stay high looking to cut off the passing lanes and the two defencemen stay where they should be.

Trapping is all about forcing your opponents into mistakes with the puck. Back when the Devils really played a solid trap, they created so many neutral zone turnovers and it resulted in offensive success. Believe it or not, the Devils led the league in goals scored in 2000-01.

ccourneya 10-31-2007 01:40 PM

lol kill the beer league thats jokes .. Nah im just interested in how it works and what teams use it now I don't see it much at all anymore.

WhipNash27 10-31-2007 03:34 PM

I believe there's also a 1-3-1 version which isn't used as much these days. I believe the Devils used this during their heyday

sc37 10-31-2007 05:08 PM

I think a ton of teams use it...just not all the time. They might whip it out if they are like protecting a lead or something late, one team I'd say that really runs it is Minnesota.

You can run a trap many different ways, but it's just generally hard forechecking and funneling the puck to an area. Then once the puck moves there, you either have someone there ready to break it up or you funneled the puck into an area where you can get numbers and swarm it before the other team can get it into your offensive zone. It's really effective if you can get a quick transition out of it and get your own scoring chance.

NJDevs430 10-31-2007 06:59 PM


Originally Posted by hexrae (Post 11000260)
Insert the, "So now you want to kill your beer league" comments here.

To answer your question about who plays the trap. A lot of teams implement a version of the trap but Montreal is typically given credit for creating it.

Fixed it for you...

Numba29 10-31-2007 07:30 PM

Ah, the trap. A way to shut down another team enough so your offense (the little you have) can go to work when the opritunities are there. We (my youth team) run the trap constantly. But two different versions. We have one where we just do a straight straight trap, dump, trap, dump, trap. It wears down the other team. Then we throw in the modifyed version and we move the wingers deeper in the zone, and push the D up between the far and the red. This causes ALOT of turnovers. Especially when a team forces the plays, then its just as simple as taking the puck, and setting up.

The Devils used it when ever they got the lead in their heyday. Now, its all attack. So different. But the trap is very effective if you do it right. And its a very patient thing to do but it does pay off extremly well, defeintely when you have 10 guys in a game or two :D

PuckFreeze 10-31-2007 08:40 PM

Removing the red line helped break the trap down a little, okay very little, but when the rule was changed the thought was it would all but eliminate the trap.

CareyPrice x 31 11-01-2007 03:32 AM

you basically send 1 forchecker and have the other 2 forwards along with the 2 D try to force the puck twords the boards where you stop the oposing forward and counter attack.

the Habs use it from time to time.

Jarick 11-01-2007 07:47 AM

After watching the Wild for several years...

Most everyone has covered the basics...one forechecker in deep, two forwards hanging back to keep the other team from moving freely through the neutral zone, two defensemen hanging further back to gather pucks and stop the odd rush.

Other things I notice, there's a lot of dump and chase, except only one forward will chase the puck. You won't see defense pinching much at all. Quite often you'll see the forwards or defense setting up plays by skating from neutral back into their own zone, then re-breaking out. Lots of things to eat up time and prevent odd man rushes.

In the zone, you'll see everyone doing all they can to keep the puck to the perimeter (along the boards). It's almost like a PK except with better point coverage. The idea is that perimeter shots are less dangerous than a team moving through the zone freely, and that you can grab a rebound and flip the puck out (avoiding icing) or carry to center and dump in and change. Then proceed with the 1-2-2 forecheck and hope to create turnovers and rushes again.

My team accidentally did this last week and it was pretty effective. Until that point, we couldn't even keep the puck out of our zone, but something clicked and we won 5-1. One forechecker in deep, and two forwards which were back mainly because they couldn't keep up, but whenever they tried to break out, it often resulted in a turnover. And quite often if they tried to make a play through neutral ice, it'd get broken up at the blue line and our defense would corral the puck and pass it down the boards to the forwards. Really wore the other team down and they started getting desparate and taking penalties.

ccourneya 11-01-2007 03:00 PM

Thanks to everyone.

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