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10-31-2007, 08:59 AM
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Well, there are a lot of people around here who know a lot more than I do, but I'll give it a shot. You sound like a beginning player so I will stick to basics (no offense if you're not a beginning player).

Here are things to keep in mind as a left wing in each zone:

In your defensive zone:

Your area of responsibility goes roughly from the tops of the circles, or the faceoff dots, to the blue line, on the left side of the ice. The easiest thing to do is play a man-to-man on the other team's right defenseman most of the time. You should try to anticipate when someone is going to send the puck around the boards to your side, because it is very important that you be the one to get to that puck. At the very least, chip it past the defenseman. If the puck gets sent around the boards and their defenseman beats you to it, YOU HAVE FAILED. Most of the time you should resist the temptation to go all the way down to the corners to fight for pucks. Your guy will be wide open at the point in that case.

In the neutral zone

If your team has the puck, get up ice. Move your feet, get open for a pass. Never stand still. Put yourself in the puck carrier's position, and ask yourself what you could be doing that would be most helpful to him. If you are carrying the puck, figure out how you are going to get into the zone. You can either dump it in, carry it in, or pass it in. If a teammate is ahead of you or is skating through the neutral zone with more speed than you, you should usually try to pass it to him. If not, and you have room to carry it, then do so. Otherwise think about dumping it in, and then go and chase it.

If your team doesn't have the puck, go get it! Failing that, try to clog up the passing lanes. Look at where your guys are and whether they have things covered, or if an odd man rush is developing.

In the offensive zone:

The distinction between forwards pretty much goes out the window. The first thing to keep in mind is that the 3 forwards want to roughly form a triangle. When you enter the zone, don't make a line 3 across (it's easier for the other team to defend). The second thing is that you usually want to keep one forward high, so that you don't give the other team a 3 on 2 the other way. The third thing is: move your feet! If you're not available to take a pass, you're probably out of position, so move around until you are open. It's rarely a bad idea to drive to the net, but don't just skate straight to the front of the net and then stand around waiting for something to happen all the time.

There is a lot more that could be said, but hopefully this is helpful for now.

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