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DirtyDamus 11-12-2010 06:16 PM

Question about the System
Hey flyers fans i've caught a few games of your team this season and i'm really impressed so far. I'm not real knowlegable when it comes to hockey systems so i was wondering if someone could tell me what they run? I know thye forecheck hard but is it a 1-2, a 2-1, or what kinda of alignment they use?

thank you in advance for any insight and sorry if thread is not in the right place.

King Forsberg 11-12-2010 06:23 PM

They use the left wing lock a lot

FlyHigh 11-12-2010 06:28 PM

Kind of the left wing lock although I think our d-men are much more active than d-men traditionally are in that system. Still, without a doubt, much of our success is based around that relentless forechecking and sound defensive play leading to chances.

Shadow Flyer 11-12-2010 06:34 PM

I'm not an expert at breaking down systems, but I think we're a bit more aggressive in our forecheck (more two men in hard on the puck) than the majority of the league that seems to be using more of a 1-2-2 approach.

I dug up this article from December of last season after Laviolette took over. It's a pretty decent read with some nice quotes. Not sure if that helps you find what you're lookin' for or not.


CS 11-12-2010 06:34 PM

As FlyHigh said, it's a bastardized left wing lock that focuses on puck-pursuit and heavy forecheck with defensemen "activating" to keep the puck on the forecheck.

It requires defensemen who are not only defensively capable but also very good on the point. It does not stress the rush or outlets so you don't necessarily need puck-moving defensemen or offensive defensemen, but it helps.

It's also extremely possession based somewhat in Detroit's style. The only reason we can pull that off is because not only do we have forecheckers, but we have steady possession guys like Leino, Giroux, Briere, and Richards and Carter to an extent.

When we try too much run and gun, we get into trouble. For example, Zherdev is a run and gun forward who would be much better suited for the Capitals style of offense that is heavy on puck-movement and outlets. They can play a possession game too of course, but there's is not as polished as ours. They play to their strengths with good puck-moving defensemen, i.e. Mike Green. On the other hand, we play to ours, and we have the roster depth to pull it off almost nonstop, waive after waive. It's fairly effective to say the least.


It also stresses knowing everyone's role. For instance, if we're pressing on the forecheck, and a defenseman activates on the right side, the left wing or center if he's high, will shift back on the left side while the left defenseman will slide right to alleviate the pressure should that defenseman falter.

Most of the flow of the play tends to be on the right side, but I'm not sure if that's designed that way or whether it's just a fluke/comfort level for this team to stress attacking from the right side when working the offensive zone.

mypunkrock 11-12-2010 09:51 PM

Left wing lock for sure, though I feel like it goes to a 1-1-1-2 sometimes, depending on the staggering. You will occasionally see two guys go in deep, but those guys are fast enough to get themselves back into a defensive position.

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